In order to beat the heat, my in-laws helped us with the purchase of a pool and it has been the best thing ever. I've gotten in it once and that water is cold. Far too cold for my taste. But the kids apparently don't care because they've been out there on the brink of a rain storm, when it's absolutely too cold to be swimming, whatever. They absolutely do not care and will stay in until they are pruney and their lips are purple.
I've had a lot of fun sitting outside and watching them have an absolute blast. The other day they decided it's deep enough to do cannonballs. I'm not sure about that, but whatever.
I am pretty sure the oppressive heat has passed us for the summer since while we have gorgeous summer days still, there are times where that wind has just a hint of fall in the area. Which is ridiculous because it's only August. At least give me until September, Mother Nature.