Dangerous Heat Expected this Weekend in Corpus Christi

Cooling Centers Open

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures and humidity for the remainder of the week. Heat indices are expected to reach up to 114° F today. 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.

Hours for Friday, September 22:

Table 1 9-22-23
Table 2 9-22-23

La Retama Central Library will be the only cooling center open on Sunday, September 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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 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 Pools Winter Schedule:
    • Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive – Lap Swim: Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Recreation/Lap Swim: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Recreation/Lap Swim: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Corpus Christi Natatorium – Lap Swim: Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Recreational Swim: Saturday through Sunday, 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For details, go to: https://www.cctexas.com/detail/recreational-swim-and-lap-swim-fall-winter-schedule.

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 would also 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 Officer Brianna Sandoval at 361-826-1655 or briannas4@cctexas.com.