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Heat Advisory Issued; Cooling Centers Open in Corpus Christi

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory warning for the Coastal Bend and much of South Texas for the week of July 7-12, 2019. Thunderstorms are expected toward the end of the week. Courtesy map

High humidity on a 93-degree day pushed heat indexes to 105-109 degrees Monday, July 8, for most of South Texas, including Nueces County. The Coastal Bend might even hit heat indexes at or above 110 degrees over the week as the hot temperatures and high humidity continue, according to the National Weather Service. A special weather alert has been issued.

Cooling centers are open in Corpus Christi through September (see list of addresses below) for those who do not have access to air conditioning.

“Residents with outdoor activities planned are urged to drink

plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and

take frequent breaks from the heat,” reads the heat index warning.

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

Actual temperatures throughout the week are expected to reach almost 100 with 97 degrees predicted as the high on Tuesday, July 9, and 98 degrees Thursday, July 11. Heat index numbers indicate what the temperatures feel like combined with high humidity.

Extreme heat is when temperatures rise over 90 degrees with high humidity lasting two or more days. Overworking in heat can lead to death from heat exhaustion. Extreme heat can result in the highest death rates of all weather-related hazards.

During heat advisories, ready.gov recommends people, especially the elderly and young, find air conditioning for at least some relief. Also:

— avoid strenuous activities;

— wear light clothing and a hat;

— drink plenty of fluids;

— watch for signs of heat illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Signs of heat cramps include muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs. If experiencing these signs, go to a cooler location, remove excess clothing, and take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. If cramps last more than an hour, seek medical attention.

Heat exhaustion results in heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, or fainting. To relieve symptoms, go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath and sip cool sports drinks with salt and vinegar. Seek medical attention if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

Victims of heat stroke register body temperatures (taken orally) above 103 degrees; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; or unconsciousness. Call 911 or get the person to the hospital immediately. Cool down any way possible until medical help arrives.

Extra safety precautions during a heat advisory include checking on neighbors, friends, and family, especially the elderly, to make sure they are staying cool.


CORPUS CHRISTI COOLING CENTERS


RELIANT-SPONSORED SENIOR CENTERS

Includes water, snacks, and movies for the whole family.


Greenwood Senior Center

4040 Greenwood Drive

(361) 826-1368

Hours: 8 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday


Lindale Senior Center

3135 Swantner Drive

(361) 826-2340

Hours: 8 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday


Oveal Williams Senior Center

1414 Martin L. King Drive

(361) 826-2305

Hours: 9 AM-3 PM Monday-Thursday; closed Friday


OTHER SENIOR CENTERS


Broadmoor Senior Center

1651 Tarlton St.

(361) 826-3138

Hours: 10 AM-1 PM Monday; 9:30 AM-1:30 PM Tuesday-Friday


Ethel Eyerly Community Center

654 Graham Road

(361) 826-2330

Hours: 9 AM-5 PM Monday-Friday


Garden Senior Center

5325 Greely Drive

(361) 826-2345

Hours: 8 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday


Northwest Senior Center

9725 Up River Road

(361) 826-2320

Hours: 10 AM-1 PM Monday; 10 AM-2 PM Tuesday-Friday


Zavala Senior Center

510 Osage St.

(361) 826-3099

Hours: 7 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday


PUBLIC LIBRARIES


La Retama Central Library

805 Commanche St.

(361) 826-7055

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 AM-6 PM Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday


Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library

5930 Bockhampton St.

(361) 826-2360

Hours: 10 AM-8 PM Monday and Tuesday; 10 AM-9 PM Wednesday; 10 AM-6 PM Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday


Ben F. McDonald Public Library

4044 Greenwood Drive

(361) 826-2356

Hours: 9 AM–8 PM Monday; 10 AM-8 PM Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 AM-6 PM Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday


Janet F. Harte Public Library

2629 Waldron Road

(361) 826-2310

Hours: 10 AM-7 PM Monday-Wednesday; 10 AM-8 PM Thursday; 10 AM-6:30 PM Friday; 10 AM-6 PM Saturday; closed Sunday


Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library

1230 Carmel Parkway

(361) 826-2370

Hours: 10 AM-8 PM Monday-Wednesday; 10 AM-6 PM Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday


Owen R. Hopkins Public Library

3202 McKinzie Road

(361) 826-2350

Hours: 10 AM-8 PM Monday; 10 AM-9 PM Tuesday; 10 AM-8 PM Wednesday; 10 AM-6 PM Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday

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