ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com)-- After days of excessive heat, people like R.J. Miller were out exercising early in Forest Park Sunday morning.
R.J. told News 4 he learned his lesson after getting heat exhaustion last week.
“I didn’t realize the danger of it,” Miller said. “If I can’t get out early, I gotta stay inside. Or go somewhere else and stay inside. It’s rough.”
Miller has lived in St. Louis all his life but said a heat-related illness still took him by surprise.
“It was a little scary, to be honest, you’re losing your mental control and you’re just kind of woozy.”
Others exercising outside took lots of precautions.
“I make sure that I’m well-hydrated,” Terry Williams said. “I have Powerade here, water. On a day like this, it’s gonna be at least two gallons of water.”
Some decided to skip the park and head to a better place to cool off.
“We’ve been eating lots of watermelon to stay cool and trying to hit up splash pads around the city because we’re not members at a pool,” Sarah Rebholz told News 4.
Whether young or a more seasoned St. Louisan, everyone was excited for a little relief from the heat.