(WICHITA, Kan.) — The heat is nothing new to Kansans. But record-breaking temperatures - even by just a degree or two - make doing anything outside tough and tiring.
It's bad enough to be outside when it's this hot. It's worse when you have to work in it. And yes, for the men on the Crestview Golf Course view golf as work.
Though, as Jeff Curl points out, "the pros definitely outweigh the cons."
A temperature reading of 106 on the driving range counts as a con. Temperatures that high make doing anything other than sweating difficult.
"It's tough to not lose your focus and lose your concentration," said Curl, "when it's days like today, 104 degrees."
Turns out all those things you're supposed to do when it's hot actually work; at least, for golfers.
Limit your outdoor activities to cooler parts of the day. "If you look at the scores in general," observed Curl, "the morning waves will always be better."
And, drink plenty of fluids. "I think the most important thing is just trying to stay hydrated the night before," advised Curl. "Once de-hydration catches up to you, you're already too far down."
It was 106 degrees on the Crestview Golf Course when Eyewitness News was out there mid-afternoon Monday. About three hours later, Lawrence Dumont Stadium had some shade, and that made a difference. The thermometer read 102 degrees.
At the NBC World Series, two fans found a way around the heat, with an accessory around the neck.
"They're like a huge sponge," explained Larry Ross as he gestured to the wet fabric around his neck. "They hold the water in, and they slowly evaporate, so it keeps you cool, and it makes a big difference."
Do whatever works -- just stay cool. Because we'd rather do a story about people sweating in the heat, than sitting in the hospital.