Extreme Temperatures Continue Through the Weekend

City Has Opened Cooling Centers To Beat The Heat

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The National Weather Service predicts an extended period of intense heat through early next week. The maximum heat index values could exceed 110° degrees for inland portions of the City during the afternoon hours. A Heat Advisory is in effect for Sunday, June 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the heat, a plume of Saharan dust will move into the area on Sunday causing hazy conditions. Residents susceptible to particle pollution should consider reducing their activity levels or shortening the amount of time spent active outdoors.

In response to the extreme temperatures, the City of Corpus Christi is making cooling centers available to the public for extended hours. The cooling centers will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting on Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12.

“The City of Corpus Christi is immediately responding to protect our residents from the extreme heat. I urge all residents to take precaution," said Mayor Paulette Guajardo. "City facilities are open to serve you.”

Please see the list below for facility names and addresses:

Senior Centers

Ethel Eyerly Senior Center 654 Graham Road 826-2330

Garden Senior Center 5325 Greely Drive 826-2345

Lindale Senior Center 3135 Swantner Drive 826-2340

Public Libraries

La Retama Central Library 805 Comanche Street 826-7000

Ben F. McDonald Public Library 4044 Greenwood Drive 826-2356

Owen R. Hopkins Public Library 3202 McKinzie Road 826-2350

Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library 5930 Brockhampton Street 826-2360

CCRTA

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

City Pools

The City's pools, splash pads, and Bayfront Park Fountain are open with free admission as a cooling alternative.

Collier Pool- 3801 Harris Drive, 78411

           o LAP SWIM ONLY

  • Monday–Friday 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday–Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

           o GENERAL SWIM

  • Tuesday 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Two lap swim lanes available)
  • Wednesday–Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Closed Monday)

· Corpus Christi Natatorium- 3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415

          o LAP SWIM ONLY

  • Monday–Friday 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Closed Wednesday)

          o GENERAL SWIM

  • Monday–Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Two lap swim lanes available) (Closed Wednesday)
  • Saturday & Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Two lap swim lanes available)

· West Guth Pool- 9705 Up River Road, 78410

          o GENERAL SWIM

  • Wednesday–Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
  • Saturday & Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

· Greenwood Pool- 4305 Greenwood Drive, 78416

         o GENERAL SWIM

  • Wednesday–Friday 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
  • Saturday & Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

· H-E-B Pool- 1520 Shely Street, 78404

        o GENERAL SWIM

  • Friday–Tuesday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Closed Wednesday & Thursday)

· Oso Pool- 1111 Bernice Drive, 78412

       o GENERAL SWIM

  •  Friday–Tuesday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Closed Wednesday & Thursday)

NOTE: All children under the age of eight must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult age 16+.

City Splash Pads

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closes Mondays for maintenance.

· Manuel Q. Salinas Park, 1354 Airport Road, 78405

· Bill Witt Park, 6869 Yorktown Boulevard, 78414

· Lindale Park, 3133 Swantner Drive, 78404

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 on-call officers for 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

As the City approaches 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 plenty of fluids, 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 a lot of sugar.

· Plan 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 begin to emerge, move to a       cooler location, rest 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 who may need help.

For more information on City cooling centers, visit www.cctexas.com/coolingcenters or call the City's Customer Service Call Center at 361-826-CITY (2489).