Scorching temperatures not stopping Pokémon Go players in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local doctors want to make sure people use extreme caution in the dangerous heat, although it’s not stopping Pokémon Go players from heading outside.

“It’s really hot out here. I’m dripping sweat by the time I’m done with my three miles,” explained JoAnna Wolfe.

Three weeks ago Wolfe downloaded a simple free app on her phone, not expecting it would change her lifestyle. Wolfe said, “I’ve been going through some health issues and this has been getting me on my feet and being active and I get to play a game that I love to play at the same time as I am getting myself into better shape.”

Wolfe is talking about Pokémon Go. She’s lost over 15 pounds in three weeks.

“It’s more fun to play a game and then get some exercise at the same time,” Wolfe said.

Others say Sunday’s heat is brutal although it’s not stopping them from getting outside and finding Pokéstops.

“It’s hot but we have to keep going at it, so we can be the best,” explained Keshaun Combs.

Some are playing the game, but staying cool in the air conditioning.

“We might continue to drive around and catch some.”

Stephanie Grotheer says she’s been driving in her car catching Pokéstops. However you play, doctors say it’s important to stay hydrated, wear light clothing, and drink plenty of water.

Wolfe said, “I always bring ice water and it is always gone when I’m done.  I also park here so I can walk a few miles and walk back and I have a rag waiting for to dry off everything.”

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