People around town find ways to beat the heat

By Brian Entin - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Heat is no surprise, but Monday's 102 degree temperature set a record. The heat index went all the way up to 113 degrees.

Hot temperatures mean big sales for Perrice Austin. On hot days, Austin sells water to tourists along River Street, and with many tourists in heat shock, he can barely keep his cooler full.

"Georgia heat is a different kind of heat. I just try to help the tourists stay cool," Austin said.

Carol Seydel and her husband are visiting from Florida. They say this kind of heat is a whole other ball game. "It's melting hot. That's why we're sitting here under the misters having wine and beer," Seydel said.

Inside kitchens along River Street, cooks were dealing with temperatures soaring into the triple digits. Many of the cooks say they drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks to beat the heat.

At Forsyth Park, children cooled down in the fountain, but many joggers were still out running around the park despite the heat.

Roy Hayes rides a rickshaw around the park. He told WTOC business was slow because many tourists weren't outside because of the heat. "I take the good with the bad. The bitter with the sweet, but it doesn't make it sweet this way," Hayes said.

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