Heat advisory issued for Corpus Christi and Nueces County

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Corpus Christi and Nueces County from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Maximum heat ratings should be between 110° and 114° degrees.

Hot temperatures and high humidity will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

In response to the extreme temperatures, the City of Corpus Christi is making several cooling centers available to the public for extended hours.

The cooling centers will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today.

Please see the list below for facility names and addresses:

Centers for the elderly

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 library

La Retama Central Public 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 (Open until 7:00 p.m.)

Janet F. Harte Public Library 2629 Waldron Road 826-2310 (Open until 7:00 p.m.)

Anita & WT Neyland Public Library 1230 Carmel Parkway 826-2370 (Open until 7:00 p.m.)

CCRT

The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will allow people to travel for free by notifying their bus operator that they will be going to the nearest cooling center. For more information, visit http://www.ccrta.org

The city pools, wading pools and fountain at Bayfront Park are open with free admission as a cooling alternative. REMARK: All children under the age of eight must be accompanied and always supervised by an adult over the age of 16.

Public swimming pools:

Hours of operation vary by location:

  • Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive – Open 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. (Lap swim only)
  • Corpus Christi Natatorium, 3202 Cabaniss Parkway
    • Open 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (length only)
    • Open Swim with two lap swim lanes available from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • West Guth Pool, 9705 Up River Road – Firm
  • Greenwood Pool, 4305 Greenwood Drive – Firm
  • HEB Pool, 1520 Shely Street – Open 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Oso Pool, 1109 Bernice Drive – Open 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Splash Pads:

  • Lindale Park Wading Pool, 3133 Swantner Drive, Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Bill Witt Park Splash Pad, 6869 Yorktown Boulevard, Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Manuel Q. Salinas Park Splash Pad, 1354 Airport Road, Open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Bayfront Park Fountain

1309 North Shore Blvd.

Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Animal Safety

Animal care services will have on-call officers for calls regarding animals left outside in the heat.

Tips for protecting pets in extreme heat:

  • Bring the animals 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 on 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 clothes, and watch out for strenuous outdoor activities.

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

  • Never leave anyone, including animals, in a locked, parked vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or a lot of sugar.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early morning or evening when it’s cooler.
  • Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
  • Signs and symptoms of heat illness include dizziness, profuse sweating, nausea, headache and muscle cramps. If signs and symptoms begin to appear, move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes, and slowly drink a cool fluid. Seek immediate medical attention if conditions do not improve and have someone observe you.
  • Frequently check on the elderly, the sick, and others who may need help.

For more information on City Cooling Centers, visit www.cctexas.com/coolingcenters.


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Jennifer R. Strohm