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Scorching Temps Impacting Beach Visitors

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Temperatures were in the mid-90s Friday, but it felt much hotter.  It created for a picture perfect day on the beach but the hot weather should always be reason for caution for beachgoers.

It was the first trip to the beach ever for Katrina and Sabrina Bressler.  And they came during a brutal heat wave on Delmarva.

"It's really hot and it's burning me.  So I get in the water, and in the air conditioning at the hotel," the sisters said.

The girls seemed to know how to stay cool, which was good news because heat exhaustion can set in quickly on such hot days.

"On a really hot Saturday, we will have several cases on the beach.  And sometimes people come to us off of the boardwalk and let us know that somebody is having a problem," said Lt. Ward Kovacs of the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Beach Patrol officials said the best way to beat the heat is to simply be prepared, by bringing enough water, packing the umbrella and reapplying sun block often. The sun is not only heating up beach visitors, but the sand as well.

"This morning, we came down and at 9 o'clock and it was hot.   Couple of hours later and you had to have your shoes on because it would blister you.  It was very hot," said Marc Kenawell, from Pennsylvania.

Shoes, socks and sandals are the best defense against that hot sand.  The beach patrol said when the sand gets that hot, it is capable of causing second-degree burns on your feet.

Kovacs said, "I see sometimes people will put their feet in the sand and wiggle to get underneath.  Only problem with that is that your dumping the really hot sand then on the top of your feet which is sometimes more tender.  So if you have a second to just scoop the sand away, that way you can drop the temperature of the sand you're standing on by 10's of degrees."

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