One of the advantages to living in Ohio is that we get to experience the fullness of every season. There's no doubt, right now, that the fullest of summer is beating down on this part of the country.For the record, it only — only? — got up to 99 degrees Thursday in Lima. The official temperature in Lima hadn't been that high in almost 23 years. Temperatures elsewhere in the region easily topped 100. Yes, hot days are part of summer — but we're getting it particularly bad for a northern Ohio July. And, while there's going to be a slight break from the stifling heat — all the way down to the 80s through early next week — these recent scorchers are scheduled to return late next week.Borrowing from several sources, including tips offered Wednesday in The Lima News, some reminders for when it gets this hot:• Drink plenty of liquids, two to four cups every hour. Avoid drinks that have caffeine, alcohol or sugar.At the same time, avoid extremely cold drinks. Not only do you risk brain freeze, but those extremely cold drinks can cause stomach cramps.• Limit your exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day.• Eat light. Foods like proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss, The (Anderson, Ind.) Herald Bulletin reports.• Keep your shades pulled and your blinds closed during the day.Save household chores for morning and evening hours. None of us really needs to be told not to mow the lawn in the middle of a 90-degree-plus afternoon.• If you can, try using a fan or a small window unit air conditioner instead of the central air. This might not seem all that important when the temperature is pushing 100 degrees, but you'll appreciate this tip when you get your electric bill.• Look for ways to beat the heat. The Lima News offers a whole host of ideas on the front page today — and for any budget. There's the free splash pad at Lima's Faurot Park. Community pools abound around the region. And we're sure the retailers would love to share their air conditioning with you as you did some shopping in their stores.• As is the case anytime we have extreme weather of any sort, check on your elderly neighbors and family members, as well as others who have difficulty taking care of themselves.Remember that the heat has us all operating on shorter fuses. We all could stand keeping control of our tempers as the temperature shoots up.• Don't take your dog with you if you plan to go in a store. Leave the pooch at home — with plenty of shade and water, if he's an outside dog.Soon enough, we'll all be complaining about how cold it is and how we hate the snow. In fact, winter starts Dec. 21 — not even five months away.