Ladies and gentlemen, it's going to be a scorcher in Detroit Friday, and while Michiganders take a certain pride in the fickleness of the local weather, it's unlikely to magically turn into a cool day. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning, with highs ranging from 98 to 103 degrees in southeastern Michigan.
The high temperatures can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and WDIV reports three deaths this week have been linked to the high temperatures. The NWS recommends staying out of the sun, wearing light, loose-fitting clothing, drinking plenty of water and avoiding strenuous activity.
While the best way to keep cool is to lounge in front of an air conditioner set for 66 degrees as someone continuously mists you with ice water, that's not an available option to those of us who aren't independently wealthy. Plus, storms earlier in the week have left many of us without power.
Below, check out some of our Detroit-flavored suggestions for beating the heat. How are you staying cool? Let us know in the comments or tweet your tips to @HuffPostDetroit. Pool party invitations are also welcome!
Make And Drink A Boston Cooler
You could roam around the city listening for "Pop Goes the Weasel," or you could skip the ice cream truck and make a Boston Cooler, <a href="http://www.undergrounddetroit.com/2010/03/the-boston-cooler-a-detroit-original/" target="_hplink">Detroit's take on an ice cream float</a> with vanilla ice cream and Vernors ginger ale. With chocolate, you've got a Black Cow. <em> Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lensartwork/7276250858/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">by Lens Artwork</a>.</em>
Have An Extra Spicy Lunch At Xochimilco
While the ice cream float may seem more appealing, spicy foods actually <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/spicy-food_n_1628200.html" target="_hplink">do a better job of cooling you down</a>, so eat the hot salsa. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/d_space/6843856647/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">by d:space</a>.</em>
'Swim' In A Fountain
Don't have a pool at your disposal? That's alright, you can always cool off at one of Detroit's many fountains, like the one at Campus Martius. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pikturewerk/2939076186/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">by Pikturewerk</a>.</em>
Go To The Beach
Will anyone notice if you cut out of work early to go to the beach? Stay close to home at Belle Isle or head out to Kensington. Here's our list of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/metro-detroit-beaches-michigan_n_1581926.html" target="_hplink">top local beaches</a>.
Consider Your Good Fortune At Civil War Days
This weekend, a crowd of history enthusiasts will <a href="http://www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html" target="_hplink">act out battles from the Civil War</a> at the historic Fort Wayne. Check out the action and take a second to be thankful you aren't wearing an army uniform in the heat.
Go To The Water Park
<a href="http://www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/waterparks/redoaks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_hplink">Red Oaks in Madison Heights</a> is sure to be teeming with folks, but a float down the River Ride or a swim in the wave pool will feel awesome. If you have a younger sibling, cousin, neice or nephew to take, even better -- you'll instantly be a hero, and you'll fit in better with the kid crowd.
Hang Out In A Casino
Whether or not you like to gamble, you can't beat free admission, 24-hour access and sweet, sweet air conditioning.
Pillow In The Freezer
Not Detroit specific, but if you've ever done this you'll know it's a good one. Put your pillow (or just the pillowcase, if you don't have a mammoth fridge) in the freezer for an hour before you go to bed. Your head will thank you. <em>Flickr photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsmall/3547985420/" target="_hplink">by tsmall</a>.</em>
Learn how to survive a heat wave by following these tips.
Flickr photo by Dave Hogg.