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Rain helps area football teams deal with the heat

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Football coaches and players are so thankful for the rain Tuesday to give them just a little relief from the scorching temperatures.

That heat is suppose to be back up this afternoon and even more so Wednesday.

Tuesday, Jenkins High School players started practice in full pads.

But on Monday, their practice started late and they could not wear all their gear because it was just too hot.

WTOC spoke with several coaches around the area and they all said the same thing. During these few months, hydration is the most important thing.

"Once you reach a certain temperature, you scale back on your equipment. We may just go to shells which is just shoulder pads and helmets. Then if it gets hotter we go to just helmets. Basically, you start in full pads and you take stuff off as the temperature rises," Coach Tim Adams said. 

Coaches said they give four to five water breaks every practice, they limit the practice time and they have people constantly monitoring the weather and humidity.

This is even more important this week when temperatures are getting above 90 degrees.

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