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It was a triple-digit scorcher

Jim Ceja towels off his perspiration in the middle of hitting a bucket of golf balls during the first day of summer Tuesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED June 22, 2011 1:56 a.m.

Bryan Sanders shrugged off Tuesday’s triple-digit degree temperatures to mark the first official day of summer.

“I’ve been in the heat all day,” he said after shagging fly balls prior to his men’s Single-A softball game at Big League Dreams. The first day of summer recorded a high of 104 degrees at the Manteca Civic Center weather station.

As a construction worker – Sanders has been at the job for two years – he spends most of his time outdoors regardless of the weather. In the heat, Sanders stays hydrated by drinking two-gallon jugs of water.

“I’m used to the heat,” he said.

The same couldn’t be said about Chris Mayes. He, too, plays for the Crew, who, according to Sanders, took first place in the last recreation league session at BLD.

“I’m not ready to hit the field just yet,” said Mayes, who stood underneath the shaded grandstand. “It must be 107 out there.”

According to Accuweather, Manteca hit a high of 103 degrees at that time in the late afternoon.  The forecast for today calls for 97, with temperatures dipping to 92 on Thursday.

Mayes came prepared bringing along two bottles of Smart-brand bottled waters. He kept both bottles in the freezer beforehand.

“It’s so hot (right now) that both bottles are already thawing out,” Mayes said.

At Manteca Park Golf Course, Jim Ceja was getting ready to play a nine-hole round prior to his men’s league meeting.

In the middle of hitting a bucket of balls in the sweltering heat, he took time to towel off some of the sweat pouring down his face.

Yet the hot weather hasn’t deterred him from playing golf. Ceja also hit the course the previous day.

“I just try to drink plenty of fluid and go underneath the shade as much as possible,” he said. “Maybe I’ll lose some weight in the process.”

Ceja’s beverage of choice is water.

Drinking plenty of fluids is important in avoiding heat-related illnesses, according to www.mayoclinic.com.

“Your body’s ability to sweat and cool down depends on adequate hydration,” said the website. “If you’re planning to exercise intensely or for longer than one hour, (you might) consider a sports drink.

“Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.”

 Other precautions to keep in mind include:

• Taking it slow. Allow your body to adapt to the heat while gradually increasing the length and intensity of your workouts.

• Dressing appropriately. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling. Avoid dark colors, which absorb the heat. A light-colored hat can limit exposure to the sun.

• Wearing sunscreen. Sunburn can decrease the body’s ability to cool itself.

• Avoid midday sun, if possible. Exercise in the morning or evening. Try exercising in the shade or in a pool.

• Having a backup plan. Stay indoors if you’re concerned about heat or humidity. Work out at the gym or walk laps inside an indoor mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.

Locally, the area’s condition will remain in the 90s throughout the week.

Summer has finally arrived.

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