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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The heat index is on the rise in Florida this weekend, making it downright miserable at tourist destinations such as Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.

National Weather Service Meteorologist David Sharp says the temperature in the Orlando area should hit about 94 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend, but it's the "feels like" temperature that will be the problem. The heat index will be in the range of 100 to 105 degrees.

Sharp's advice for the scores of people who will be visiting the area's theme parks or spending time at the beach during the dog days of summer is simple: Stay hydrated.

This time of year, he says, "you just feel the humidity."

And there's little relief in sight as Sharp says the "general pattern will persist through August."

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