CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Inside with the AC or outside by the pool may be the place to spend the week, if you are looking to beat the heat.
Temperatures in the 90's and dew points in the 70's Monday and Tuesday are creating some oppressive humidity. It might be safe to say, the first real heat wave of summer has finally arrived.
The high reached 94 degrees in Waterloo Monday, 87 degrees in Cedar Rapids. While it's not the hottest day we've had so far this summer, the humidity added almost ten degrees to the heat index, making it feel like it was hotter than it was.
But some are happy it finally feels like summer. Pools have been suffering from low attendance, due to a cool June. Officials with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Rec department are hoping these hotter days pack the pools. We talked to parents who were at Noelridge keeping cool in the shade while their kids were at swim lessons, they say that while they are enjoying the summer sun, they are taking extra steps to help them and their kids beat the heat.
"We make popsicles and go to the pool, we love the splash pads, especially with the little ones, said Brandon Bauer.
"I try to make sure I put sunscreen on and reapply more than I would on a cooler day or when we're in the shade and make sure they drink lots of water," said Janet Masters.
Staying hydrated is, of course, key if you are going to be out in the sun. Also, wear lightweight light colored clothing and try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Be sure you don't leave kids or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked it will heat up quickly.