Sweltering conditions across the east Wednesday had a lot of people heading to the beaches.
On North Topsail in Onslow County families were trying to stay cool in the water, some even put their chairs in the water. Others were using the shade from an umbrella or canopy they brought with them. Ann Meigs says she and her family would have left earlier if they didn't bring their own shade.
"We're beating the heat by this tent here a nice breeze, thank goodness, and getting into the water," said Meigs.
Meigs says they were also keeping cool by going in the ocean and drinking cold fluids.