MINNEAPOLIS — If you watched the Twins game on Sunday, you probably noticed a long delay before the start of the 8th inning. According to the Twins, home plate umpire Gerry Davis suffered from dehydration and had to leave the game early.

Even before he left, announcers for the game on Fox Sports noted Davis had taken a quick break in the 7th inning to re-hydrate and put a cool, wet, towel around his neck.

After a twenty-minute delay, the game resumed with two umpires on the field, ultimately ending in a Twins loss after 11 innings.

But you don’t have to be a big-league umpire to succumb to the heat here in Minnesota. We reached out to Abbott Northwestern Hospital here in Minneapolis to find out the best ways to keep cool and safe as we enjoy the summer season.

Dr. Katherine Katzung, Chair of the Emergency Department, walked us through symptoms for dehydration

“Things you need to look for are: if your urine’s turning a darker color, thirst, if you’re feeling thirsty, drink to your thirst, dry mouth, headache, muscle aches. Just feeling fatigued and not yourself.”

And if you leave these unchecked, dehydration in combination with the heat can lead to something more serious: heat exhaustion. This could mean ending up with a visit with Dr. Katzung.

Muscle cramps, severe headaches, high body temperatures and profuse sweating are all signs the heat is taking a toll on your body and you need to take steps immediately to reduce your temperature.

Drink plenty of fluids, take an air-conditioned break indoors, or find some shade if you’re not able to go inside. You can also choose to wear lighter color colors while outdoors. Lighter colors will reflect some of the light coming from the sun, meaning you don’t absorb as much of it while you’re out enjoying the day.

Whether you’re sweating it out on the trails, taking a ride in the park, or just enjoying a beautiful afternoon, avoid the pitfalls of dehydration and drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.