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Staying cool in record heat isn't easy

6:37 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It's weather we look forward to all year but more folks it's become too much of a good thing. Records were broken Friday with temperatures in Portland reaching record temps.

Dozens of people flocked to Willard Beach to get a break from the sweltering temperatures. But you had to have your shoes on to walk on the sand because it was so hot. Our temperature gun read the sand's temperature around noon today at 106 degrees. Several dozen feet away along the water the temperature dropped another 30 degrees to the mid-70's.

That's why counselors from Camp Play All Day, run by the City of Portland's recreation department kept all of the campers in the wet sand or the water to keep them cool. They also set up canopies for shade and provided each child with a water bottle to keep them hydrated. Others parents kept their kids off the hot sand altogether.

'If any kid complains about feeling a little too hot or something, we can taken into the hade over there or go to the canopy, just keeping htem by the water, making sure they stay hydrated, lots of sunscreen,' said Tommy Santurri from Camp Play All day.

The Portland Fire Deparmtent says it has seen an increase in calls in the past week, compared to this same time last year. There 6 heat related illness calls, 15 others could possibly be heat related with patients complaining of dehydration, breathing difficulties and chest pains..

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