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That's how it feels outside, 87 degrees with an 80 degree dewpoint.

And there's a big red blob headed our way, like a fastpitch hurled with startling accuracy from the mound. You know the drill-at work, no clips, but here's the link to weather.com, just scroll all the way to the bottom of the page:

http://www.weather.com/...

This was going to be a diary about heat safety, but work was a little nuts this morning and I haven't had time to draft it.

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Drink lots of fluids-not just water, drink Gatorade as well.

Watch your salt intake-you need more than you think right now.

Turn your ceiling fan up.

Make sure your pets have plenty of cool water. They won't necessarily go to the coolest part of the house-we have five, and the two furriest insist on staying in the warmest room of the house, the dorks.

If you have asthma-keep an eye on the pollution index for your area. We've had high pollen warnings and high heat also generates ground-level ozone.

A good trick to keep the heat out:

Cut a piece of cardboard to fit your window. Cover one side in tin foil. Secure the cardboard into your window, foil side out. It helps so much you won't believe it.

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