Temperatures have been in the 80s in Augusta this week, and the forecast is calling for more warm, sunny weather over the long weekend.
Although it's not officially summer, it feels like it.
Keep some of these things in mind as you enjoy the weather and celebrate the holiday:
USDA has several tips for using food thermometers, to avoid under cooking meat. Be careful when you barbecue to prevent foodborne illness.
Having a salad with your barbecue? Remember to check those alfalfa sprouts.
Remember to stay in the shade or take other steps to protect yourself from sunburns and eventual skin cancer.
Going swimming? Think about what you can do to protect yourself and others from recreational water illnesses. And while you're at it, check out www.poolsafely.gov.
Take care and enjoy the weather while it lasts!