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CLEVELAND --   Summer officially starts on Wednesday but with temperatures reaching the high 80s Saturday, it is really heating up. Clevelanders are finding relaxing and resourceful ways to beat the heat. 

Lake Erie is a popular place this time of year. The LaPlant family from Broadview Heights found a private beach to escape the hot weather. Elizabeth LaPlant enjoy being in the water.

"Going swimming. Yeah going swimming because you cool down and it's not too hot," she said.

Cleveland residents welcomed the water with the official opening of all outdoor Cleveland City pools on Saturday. They will be open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m., and on Mondays and Tuesdays when the temperature reaches 85 degrees. 

The Chagrin River Canoe and Kayak Livery in Eastlake was a busy place Saturday.  Clevelanders found it refreshing to paddle on the Chagrin River.

"It's a nice cool easy thing. And, we always tell everybody prepare for maximum dampness. It's not a dry sport," Owner Lisa Alford said. 

Andrea Lee of Kirtland was excited about her first time kayaking. 

"It's a really calm day and hoping to get out to Lake Erie and go to the beach," she said.

But, it wasn't fun in the sun for everyone. Mary Beth Pollack of Mentor had weeding and mulching to do to get ready for an upcoming Graduation Party. She found a resourceful way to do the job in the shade, under a huge umbrella.

"So, that I wouldn't be in the direct sun, to keep cool. I had a small umbrella and my husband said I got a bigger one. So, he put the big soccer umbrella up," she said. 

One would think Adam Pike has a cool job, working for Home City Ice Company. With about 2,200 bags of ice each truckload, he is in and out of the refrigerated truck all day.  The hotter the day, the more he works. 

"Just about every day, I hear it from somebody 'oh you got the coolest job of the Summer' but, it's honestly not the case. I think getting in and out of freezer actually makes it hotter.  Because it feels good when you are in here, but as soon as you get out there, the heat sort of slaps you in the face," Pike said.

Now, whether you are working or relaxing on a hot Summer day, water is the key. You need at least 16 ounces of water every hour to stay hydrated. Don't forget about your pets either, they also need water is they are outside. With rainfall totals down for the year, your lawn probably needs a good soaking, too.