The heat is on

It was the third warmest day of the year and 13 degrees above the average temperature for this day. The heat is on and from the looks of it people at Pactola reservoir don’t seem to mind. It’s 98 degrees and Rachel Hemmington says she’ll take this weather over rain and cold, any day.

 “As long as you are by water and are in the shade it’s pretty nice out; it’s better than the rest of our summer,” said Hemmington.

While it’s a breeze for Hemmington for others, this weather takes some getting used to.

“We’ve only been here for a year so I’m not used to all the weather patterns through here but I wasn’t expecting this kind of heat out in South Dakota,” Ryan Joyner said.

As long as he can find a shaded area Joyner says he can cope.

“It’s not too bad out here for me; I spent 7 1/2 years in Georgia, so the heat is not too much for me, I just wasn’t expecting it here,” Joyner said.

Many people don’t expect the dangers that often come along with the heat. A heat for central and eastern South Dakota is in effect through Tuesday.

Doctors say if detected early, heat exhaustion can be treated with water and 15 minutes of rest in a cool area. If untreated, it can lead to heat stroke.

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