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Whew, it’s hot
Temperatures are highest of season so far
Bailey Hurst, 8, takes a leap into the Cumming city pool Wednesday. - photo by Jennifer Sami
Summer is in full swing in Forsyth County and with it has come the heat.

Greg Little, director of the city of Cumming’s recreation and parks department, said visitors to the municipal pool increase by degrees.

“Our temperatures were a little moderate when we first opened and once they got into that 92, 94, 96 range our crowds started picking up,” Little said.

“Temperatures this past weekend were extremely moderate compared to what they had been so our numbers were down, but I do expect the numbers to go up.”

Earlier this week, temperatures inched back into the high-90s, some of the warmest of the season so far.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, today’s high is expected to be about 93 degrees with a low of about 72 with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight. Thursday’s high was expected to be 98 degrees.

High temperatures Saturday are expected to range in the high-80s with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Sunday’s high is predicted at 92 degrees with a low near 70. Monday’s temperatures could be about the same.

Little said children who attend the city’s summer camps participate in indoor and outdoor activities.

Precautions are also taken for city employees who work outside.

“We do encourage them to stay hydrated,” said Little, adding that workers come inside a little bit earlier during the hot summer months.

He said more difficult tasks are handled in the mornings before temperatures rise, while less strenuous duties are saved for the afternoons.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said staying hydrated is crucial during such hot weather.

He suggested drinking water instead of other liquids, though those who have been exercising or working heavily may want to mix in an occasional sports drink.

He said the fire department is prepared to respond to reports of heat stroke and exhaustion.

“During this time of year the firefighters know to be anticipating those kind of heat injuries,” Shivers said.

“To my knowledge, we haven’t had a rash of them yet, but it’s certainly possible over the course of the next two months as the true summer heat kicks in.”