CLEVELAND - Early June can be a tricky time of year for northeast Ohioans enjoying warm weather.
With daytime temperatures approaching 90 degrees, it can be tempting to head for the beach in an effort to cool down in Lake Erie. But with the lake water temperature below 60, a dip can be dangerous.
Family practice Dr. Philip Tomsik, director of the North Coast Health Ministry in Lakewood, told NewsChannel5 hypothermia is a danger to swimmers at this time of year.
"When the temperature gets really hot, people immediately want to go into summer mode," Tomsik said. "You have to realize the lake temperature is very cold, people are at risk for hypothermia."
At the other end of the spectrum, Tomsik said overexertion and resulting dehydration are serious concerns for people not used to being out in the heat after a long winter.
"Be aware of the temperature. Be aware of your conditioning," Tomsik said. "It's going to take the body a week or two to get used to the hot temperatures."
Tomsik advised drinking water before any outdoor summer activity and recommended continual hydration with at least 6 ounces of water every 20 minutes in hot conditions.
Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and light, loose-fitting clothing are also advised to help combat the heat.