We all need to be aware of the excessive heat warning in effect today. And you know the drill: Stay hydrated. Slow down. Don't overdo it in the yard, garden or on the job site.

Here are five easy things you can do to get through these dog days of summer.

Take a Dip

Places like Ellis Pool and Marion Pool are sure to be a popular spot to beat the heat today

Have a Dip 

Ice Cream Stands, like the Tastee Freeze in Maroin will be doing a brisk business today!

Take a Trip - 

Maquoketa Caves State Park is always a cool destination, both literally and figuratively.

Go to your Inner Place -

You may be too cool for school, but the Cedar Rapids Public Library is always a great place to beat the heat on a hot summer day.

Another Place to Learn Something Cool

Have you ever been to the Cedar Falls Ice House Museum? Take a drive (and keep the AC on full blast)


All this is temporary. Before you know it, this too shall pass.