Beating the August heat at the Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- There aren't many other places people want to be during a heat advisory than in the water.

"Didn't want to sit in the house in the hot weather," said Amber Lundgren, of Linn Creek, Mo.

The use of "hot" may be an understatement. The air temperature hit 96 degrees in Osage Beach Monday afternoon, but the heat index was 14 degrees higher at 110.

Because of that, the water at Public Beach 2 at the Lake of the Ozarks was a popular place to be.

"It feels great. Very refreshing to cool off in," Lundgren said.

If you're not able to splash around in the lake, or soak up the rays on the sand, or just play around on the beach, you might be at work, which means this heat isn't all that fun.

"Whenever you're out in the heat for like, six to eight hours a day, it can really get taxing on you," said David Garrison, the rental equipment manager at Iguana on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Garrison said while he's working on boats, or delivering them to clients who rent them, he always has water, sunscreen, and protective clothing while he's working.

He said he also pays attention to the forecast, always being prepared for the heat even when he's not working, so he can stay safe and help those who want to enjoy the water on these hot summer days.

"So for the most part, just trying to stay hydrated on the off days, trying to take care of your body," Garrison added.

Medical experts say during excessively hot days to try to stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as those dehydrate you, which is bad when your body needs all the water it can get to stay cool.

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