Dangerous Heat Expected for the Week

Cooling Centers to Open

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures and humidity for the remainder of the week.  An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for today from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dangerous heat index values are likely this afternoon, with maximum values over 115 degrees expected. Residents are advised to take precautions when working or spending time outside.

Excessive temperatures will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In response to the extreme heat, the City of Corpus Christi will make several cooling centers available to the public. The cooling centers will be located throughout the City.

Here are the hours for Monday, July 17:

 

7-17 Senior Centers
7-17 Public Libraries

 

For hours of operation for the remainder of the week, visit:

Public Libraries: https://www.cctexas.com/library

Senior Centers: www.cctexas.com/seniorcenters

CCRTA:

The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will allow individuals to ride fare-free upon telling their Bus Operator they will travel to the nearest cooling center. For more information, go to http://www.ccrta.org.

Public Pools and Splash Pads:

Public pools and splash pads are recommended as alternative cooling areas for the holiday weekend.

  • All splash pads will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Closed on Monday for Maintenance.
  • Public pool hours vary by location. For details, go to: https://www-cdn.cctexas.com/

Bayfront Park Fountain:

1309 North Shoreline Boulevard, Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pet Safety:

Animal Care Services will have officers responding to calls concerning pets left outside in the heat.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe in Extreme Heat:

  • Bring pets inside
  • Never leave your pet in a car
  • Give your pet extra water
  • Protect your pet's paws from hot surfaces

Water Conservation:

The City remains in Stage One of the Drought Contingency Plan; residents are reminded to conserve water.

Heat Safety Tips:

Overall, the best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Stay cool, drink adequate water, wear cool clothing, and monitor strenuous outdoor activities.

The City also would like to remind everyone about the precautions you can take to reduce your risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The Texas Department of State Health Services advises:

  • Never leave anyone, including animals, in a closed, parked vehicle. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine, or moderate sugar.
  • Plan a strenuous outdoor activity for early mornings or evenings when it's cooler.
  • Take frequent breaks when working outside.
  • Signs and symptoms of heat illness include dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, headaches, and muscle cramps. If signs and symptoms emerge, move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes, and slowly drink a cool liquid. Immediately seek medical attention if conditions do not improve and tell someone to observe you.
  • Frequently check on the elderly, the ill, and others needing help.

For more information on City cooling centers, visit www.cctexas.com/coolingcenters.

For media inquiries, contact Public Information Manager Robert Gonzales at 361-826-3233 or robertg8@cctexas.com.