EDISON - Temperatures are in the 80s and climbing across the Garden State as people deal with another day of hot, hazy and humid weather.

More than a dozen schools, mostly in the suburbs, sent students home early in New Jersey because of the heat today. Many plan to do so again tomorrow as temperatures are expected to reach near 100 degrees in some parts.

Many people were seen on Ocean Avenue in Belmar trying to cool off near the ocean.

Authorities say the best advice to deal with the heat is to drink plenty of water, find some shade outside and turn on the air conditioner.

State police officials offered the following tips for dealing with the heat:

- Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible- If you do go outside stay in the shade- If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library or other public place- Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible- Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration- Never leave children or pets alone in the car- Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day- Take a cool shower or bath- Be a good neighbor, check on the elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool