Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: R.J. Burnette
Lynchburg, VA - The heat is on! We could be in the 80s, even 90s from now through the weekend, and when the temperatures change like this, a lot of people change their routine because you really have to be careful out there in this stuff.
According to the commonwealth's chief medical examiner, last year there were 10 heat-related deaths in Virginia. The best advice is sometimes the simplest - do what you have to beat this heat.
On a scorching week like this, getting outside is a must for these kids. Nine-year-old Quentin Hoglund 's been watching the thermostat.
"It's really hot! Usually I check the weather, and sometimes it will get up to 80 or 90 degrees," said Quentin.
Unlike Quentin, not every 9-year-old is a weatherman in training. Fortunately, RABC Early Learning Center Director Todd Hoglund is watching out for the others and reassuring parents.
"I reassure them that we are going to take care of them and make modifications as needed," said Hoglund.
When the thermostat creeps up, RABC Early Learning Center cuts down outdoor time. Instead of 45 minutes, kids come in after 20 minutes, and there's always pool day.
"Every Tuesday we get to go swimming," said Quentin.
But, it's not just kids. Home Instead Senior Care nurses check up on the young at heart in this heat, that's clients like Jimmy Cunningham.
"What do you do when it's this hot?" we asked Cunningham.
"I stay inside," said Cunningham. "Sometimes I get in the pool."
The pool, the AC, a cold drink - all can help you out.
"We need to remind seniors to stay hydrated, to stay indoors during the hottest periods of time in the afternoon," said Brenda Dixon, director of Home Instead Senior Care in Lynchburg.
If you do have to work outside this week, the Central Virginia Health District recommends a buddy system. Of course, don't forget to keep your pets cool too.