(SOURCE: City of Corpus Christi press release)
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Corpus Christi and Nueces County from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. today. Maximum heat indices are expected to range from 110° to 114° degrees.
Hot temperatures and high humidity will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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:
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
La Retama Central Public Library 805 Comanche Street 826-7000
Anita W. & W.T. Neyland Public Library 1230 Carmel Parkway 826-2370
Ben F. McDonald Public Library 4044 Greenwood Drive 826-2356 (Open until 7:00 p.m.)
Owen R. Hopkins Public Library 3202 McKinzie Road 826-2350 (Open until 7:00 p.m.)
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.)
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
The City's pools, splash pads, and the Bayfront Park Fountain are open with free admission as a cooling alternative. NOTE: All children under the age of eight must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult age 16+.
Hours of operation vary by location:
- Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive - Open 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
- Corpus Christi Natatorium, 3202 Cabaniss Parkway – Open 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- West Guth Pool, 9705 Up River Road - Closed
- Greenwood Pool, 4305 Greenwood Drive - Closed
- H-E-B Pool, 1520 Shely Street – Open 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Oso Pool, 1109 Bernice Drive – Closed due to lifeguards out with COVID-19
- Lindale Park Splash Pad, 3133 Swantner Drive, Closed
- Bill Witt Park Splash Pad, 6869 Yorktown Boulevard, Closed
- Manuel Q. Salinas Park Splash Pad, 1354 Airport Road, Closed
Bayfront Park Fountain
1309 North Shoreline Boulevard
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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
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 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.