Summer Arrives Early in South Georgia

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Shorts, sunglasses, and an abundance of flip-flops can only mean one thing -- summer is almost here!

In south Georgia the season's rolling in early -- and people can certainly tell.

Says one Thomasville visitor, "Yeah, I wasn't quite expecting it to be this hot."

It's one thing when you're hit with the heat wave on a quick trip from the car to the office, but for some people in the Peach State, every day means time spent in the sun.

Construction workers, tradesmen and firefighters spend countless hours each week working in the heat.

Says Assistant Thomasville Fire Chief Tim Connell, "When the heat index is 98, 100 degrees, it can be rough. The body, it takes a toll on the body. That's part of our jobs, so we just have to go do what we have to do."

Lawn care business owner Robert Taliaferro adds, "You gotta do it when you can do it. I don't want nobody mowing my yard when I'm trying to eat supper, if you know what I mean, so usually we go all day."

Those who 'get their green' while laboring in the gamma rays say they're extra cautious about staying hydrated and not overdoing it.

Taliaferro says water kegs, gatorade and taking breaks all the time are part of the regimen to stay healthy in the sun.

As for the rest of the population?

Experts say the best way to stay 'sun safe' is by drinking lots of water and remaining indoors during the hottest part of the day.

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