People finding ways to cope with the heat

Posted at: 06/27/2013 5:53 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The PinPoint 4 Weather Team has been saying for a while that today would be the hottest day of the year. With temperatures climbing into the triple digits, we wanted to see how Albuquerque residents were staying cool during this major heat wave.

First, we went to the Rio Grande Pool in the South Valley, where kids and parents did cannonballs and backstrokes, while others laid in the shade.

However, some preferred to stay indoors to get some relief from the blazing sun.

Children at the Barelas Community Center showed us their method of keeping cool by shooting pool and playing Jenga.

Although the community centers aren't being advertised as cooling facilities, Arnold Sena, Division Manager of Community Recreation, says that all City of Albuquerque facilities are public facilities.

“Individuals are welcome to attend any one of the facilities, community centers, senior centers, or any city facility in general to get out of the heat,” Sena stated.

It will still be hot over the next couple of days before relief arrives, so here are some heat safety tips provided by the City of Albuquerque:

• Keeping the shades drawn in the daytime can keep homes cooler, and if you live in a two-story or split level home, stay downstairs.

• Open windows upstairs if you have no air conditioning to keep the room cool and have a fan blowing.

• Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, so stick to water (drinking lots of water is very helpful).

• Also, avoid beverages with lots of sugar or caffeine.

• Wearing light, light-colored and loose clothing will help you to stay cooler.

If you would like more information on where the community centers are in Albuquerque, click on the link below.>