Heat Wave Draws Metro Families to Local Pools

Mon, when the Twin Cities saw high temperatures, many families brought towels and sunscreen for a day at the Highland Park Aquatic Center.

Following a Monday warning of severe heat from the National Weather Service, people from all across the metro area tried to prepare for the high-90s predicted. The warning is in effect until Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.; the affected areas are mostly in central, east, and south-central Minnesota.

Numerous people considered the current heat wave to be the ideal opportunity to visit one of the many public pools in the metro region.

Erin Johnson, who was at the Highland Park pool swimming with her two foster children, said, “We tend to go a little stir-crazy. Taking use of the local pools is a fantastic way for Johnson to keep her kids active and protected from the sun, especially during the summer.

Markie Crosby remarked, “I have two young children with a lot of energy, so this is something we can handle.” She watched her children Joe and Lulu play in the pool’s fountain as she sat on the edge of the splash pad. Although the family recently installed a new window air conditioner, Monday’s high of 97 degrees meant that relaxing by the pool was the best option.

Lewis and Lijah, Shannon King’s grandchildren, are brought to the pool as much as she can. King benefits from the workout since she suffers from tendinitis in her shoulder and some of her back. She makes an effort to visit many times per week, and Monday provided an opportunity to see her grandchildren.

But according to Chris O’Brien, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, this week’s heat “won’t be as awful as it may be for this time of year,” meaning it could be more hazardous. The dew point on Monday was extremely high, in the 60s.

O’Brien added, “But if we had greater dew points, this might be absolutely intolerable.”

But according to O’Brien, the metro area has experienced heat with an average temperature of about 75 degrees so far this summer, making it the tenth highest average in the past 150 years of record keeping.

According to meteorologist Eric Ahasic, temperatures will reach the 90s until this Saturday. However, the first two days of the week, Monday and Tuesday, were when the worst was anticipated.

High temperatures like those this week may be harmful to your health.

Recently, the Salvation Army released a list of cooling facilities in and around the Twin Cities. Throughout their regular business hours, the locations are accessible to anybody looking for relief from the heat. As follows:

  • Salvation Army Temple, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
  • Salvation Army Parkview, 2024 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis.
  • Salvation Army Noble, 10011 Noble Pkwy., Brooklyn Park.
  • Salvation Army Eastside,1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul.
  • Salvation Army Citadel, 401 West Seventh Street, St. Paul.
  • Salvation Army Lakewood, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., St. Paul.
  • Salvation Army Central, 2727 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis.
  • Salvation Army Harbor Light, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis.

The city of St. Paul, in the meantime, tweeted this advise on how to deal with high temperatures safely: Go inside, stay hydrated, never leave someone in a closed car, check on loved ones and neighbors, relax frequently, and use sunscreen.

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