Grass in parks and golf courses turns brown as doctors urge safety in heat

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Many parks in Western New York are filled with brown grass — and it’s only going to get worse with the warmer weather ahead.

The grass everywhere has been looking dry lately, and local parks are no exception. People who work on golf courses say Monday’s rain helped, but they could use a little more.

“He needed it,” said Jerry Regan of Cazenovia Golf Course. “You look around and visit some of these holes around here, they’re dried out. The fairways are dried out.

The lack of rain this summer is making golf courses like Cazenovia Park a bit brown. Workers there say there are patches of grass that are normally green throughout the summer, but this year, due to the weather, it’s very different.

“It’s been a dry summer,” Regan said. “Not just for here – the country. You look at the weather charts and – you see it more than we do, it’s 100 degrees everywhere.

Regan added that despite the conditions, he and his colleagues at the park were making the most of it. They say that overall dry grass doesn’t deter golfers, but one thing that could be the heat.

“You just want to drink enough fluids, bring enough water,” said golfer John Ort. “Stop at the water cooler whenever you can and be extra careful. Get in the shade when you can. And the guys I’m with like to sit on the benches when they’re there. joined.

As people spend time outdoors on the hottest days, whether playing golf or working outdoors, local doctors recommend drinking plenty of water and making sure to put on sunscreen. solar.

“Our elderly population. and our young population, we have to be very careful. It’s no different than when you think of sunscreen or going out in the sun so you don’t get a sunburn,” said Dr. Richard Charles of General Physician, PC. “It’s something very similar. After 15 minutes to half an hour, you need to take a break from the heat, so as not to overheat.

Dr. Charles said following this advice helps people avoid medical emergencies, such as heatstroke.

“If they start to feel very hot, if they start to have a headache, if they feel nauseous, if they feel dizzy or dizzy, if they feel their heart starting to race or to pulsate,” he said, “that would be a sign that we should move indoors where it’s cooler and make sure you’re hydrating aggressively with water and other drinks.

Dr Charles said they expected to see an influx of patients on Wednesday due to the hot weather.

Sarah Minkewicz is an Emmy-nominated reporter from Buffalo, NY, who has been on the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here and follow her on Twitter.

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