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Coping with the heat at the LPGA Classic

Staff writers
June 21, 2012 — With all of the heat in southern Ontario, we wondered how players and spectators have been coping at the Manulife Financial Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Classic.

Golfers say they're used to the hot conditions after training in Florida
Golfers say they're used to the hot conditions after training in Florida

"Well there's a reason why I moved from Norway to Florida and now that I came from the south to here, it's almost warmer here," says LPGA golfer Suzann Pettersen. "I much rather prefer the heat than the cold, but this was a bit warmer than I expected it to be."

"It's much more humid in Florida. There's a nice breeze here, so it does help," says another LPGA golfer Paula Creamer. "But I think for all the spectators they just need to really try to keep in the shade and drink as much water as they can."

Temperatures have soared into the 30s across southern Ontario, this week feeling closer to the 40s with the humidity. The Ontario Lung Association is warning people with lung conditions to take special care during this week's high heat and humidity.

The golfers do quite a bit of traveling and say they're able to adjust to the challenging weather conditions, but for The Weather Network's own Natalie Thomas, the heat was almost unbearable.

"I found it extremely hot today. I didn't even have the energy to applaud the players after they made a nice shot. But it seemed as though the other spectators, they had better tips on how to stay cool," said Thomas.

"We're keeping hydrated, staying under the shade and finding a high spot because it's pretty windy up there, and really nice," laughed one spectator on Wednesday. "I recommend to dress appropriately like shorts and a t-shirt," said another.

The tournament, which is held in Waterloo, Ontario, runs until June 24.

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