It's the kind of forecast that elicits gasps. Groans. Triple digits and bright yellow suns march in a line across your television screen. The weather guy chuckles, then swears it's not his fault.
It's hot and miserable. Time to think of some ways to keep cool.
Here are 100 ideas, from useful to wacky. One for every degree on that blasted thermometer:
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1. Freeze your sheets. Just before bedtime, make your bed, jump in and . . . ahhhhh.
2. See a movie.
3. Go ice skating.
4. Run in the sprinkler.
6. Wash the car.
7. Turn off the stove. Opt for salads or gazpacho.
8. Freeze a damp washcloth or bandanna and wear it around your neck.
9. Carry a parasol or light-colored umbrella so you'll have shade wherever you go.
10. Go to Wet-n-Wild Day at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Firefighters will be at the zoo from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 5 to hose you down.
11. Take a walk through the mall.
12. Use your hot tub as a cool pool. Turn off the heat in the summer and take a cool dip.
13. Drink lots of water.
14. Spray water on your body. Stand in front of fan blowing at the highest setting. Repeat.
15. Think cool. Mind over matter does help.
16. Go barefoot.
17. Close blinds or curtains on windows that let in midday sun.
18. Move slowly.
19. Fill a kiddie pool or bathtub with water. Throw in ice cubes. Try to pick them up with your feet.
20. Sounds cruel, but keep your sweaty little kids at arm's length.
21. Play Christmas music.
22. Bob for apples.
23. Splash in the fountains at Lincoln, Fairmount, Osage or Riverside Central Park, or in Old Town Square.
24. Eat spicy food. It makes you sweat and cools you down.
25. Stick your head in the freezer case at a grocery or convenience store.
26. Take a drive - a looonnng drive - to somewhere in Kansas you've always meant to go. The air conditioning will make it worth your while.
27. Chase down the ice cream man.
28. Put a frozen cabbage leaf under your cap (unless you play professional baseball in South Korea, where this has been banned).
29. Drink coffee. Your body will respond by cooling itself.
30. Make Kool-Aid Popsicles.
31. Play catch with water balloons.
32. Dress in breathable, cotton fabrics.
33. Fill a spritzer bottle with water and some colorful plastic ice cubes. Mist yourself whenever you need a little relief. (The colors will help brighten your mood, too.)
34. Make homemade ice cream.
35. Dip your hat or socks in water before heading outdoors. The water will evaporate in no time but will leave you feeling cooler.
36. Embrace an indoor hobby, like scrapbooking or quilting.
37. "Test" the city's nudity laws - at your own risk.
38. Find the coolest beauty salon in town. Make an appointment. Ask for the works. Be very picky.
39. Hang out in the basement.
40. Visit a hypnotist for a session, and request to be on a trek in Alaska.
41. Watch a guilty-pleasure TV show. In fact, watch several.
42. Sleep on the roof.
43. Make lemonade.
44. Carve a watermelon.
45. Watch a documentary about polar bears or penguins.
46. Soak in your tub - cool water, please - with a melon facial and cool aromatic suds or salts.
47. Browse a bookstore.
48. Freeze grapes and eat 'em.
49. Pull your hair up off your neck.
50. One word: Frappuccino.
51. Two words: Heavenly Sno.
52. Three words: Shaken, not stirred.
53. Four words: Banana Cream Pie Blizzard.
54. Five words: Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic.
55. Go to the library.
56. Buy a grass skirt at Party City.
57. Organize your flip-flop collection.
58. Paint your toenails.
59. Grab a handful of ice cubes and put them on a hot sidewalk. Take bets on which one will melt first.
60. Add fresh lemon or lime wedges to everything you drink.
61. Shop for new sandals. They're on sale now.
62. You know that big air vent at Wal-Mart? Stand under it.
63. Deep clean your fridge or freezer.
64. Find shade.
65. Crank up the Beach Boys.
66. Sit downwind of the Bradley Fair fountain.
67. Rent a cool movie, like "Ice Age" or "Dr. Zhivago."
68. Throw ice down the back of your shirt (or someone else's).
69. Nap under a fan.
70. Change your AC filter.
71. Have a SuperSoaker gunfight.
72. Is your garden too plentiful? Have a game of tomato baseball.
73. Splash on some Jean Nate.
74. Look for water main breaks. Go play.
75. Wear a hat.
76. Get yourself one of those handheld battery-powered fans.
77. Pack up and head to Colorado.
78. Avoid housework. (If this kind of heat isn't an excuse, what is?)
79. Put Desitin on your nose and pretend you're a lifeguard.
80. Stand in a bucket on a really humid day. Collect your sweat. Use it to water plants.
81. Play splash tag. (Players run away from "It," who tries to tag them by throwing a wet sponge. Once tagged, that person becomes the new It.)
82. Shave your head.
83. Let the kids draw all over themselves - and you - with washable markers. Hose off for easy cleanup.
84. Check out travel brochures for a cruise to Iceland.
85. Phone an old friend. Talk about how you used to spend summer vacation.
86. Be glad you're not working on a road crew.
87. If you're working on a road crew, be glad you're not in Phoenix.
88. Fold newspaper. Use as fan.
89. Hold newspaper over your head. Use as shade.
90. Play water limbo. Turn a garden hose on full blast and have players limbo under the water stream.
91. Go online to Weather Underground - www.wunderground.com. Search for "Amery Ice Shelf." Check out those temperatures. Vow to spend next summer in Antarctica.
92. Rent a convertible.
93. Hot enough to fry an egg? Try it on the sidewalk in front of your neighbor's house.
94. Do your own research of places that claim to have the "coldest beer in town."
95. During your morning shower, slowly bring the temperature down to as cold as it gets. Stay in for 10 minutes. It will wake you up, cool you down and reduce sweating. If you've been outside all day, repeat the process when you get home.
96. Turn yourself in; cool your heels in jail.
97. Climb Gander Mountain.
98. Put your underwear in the freezer.
99. Sing, with feeling, "In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening."
100. Dream of cooler days.
Have other ideas on how to beat the heat? Share your ideas. Also, visit the weather section to see just how hot it is, view heat-index maps and check out how long the spell is expected to last.