Community Centers Provide Respite From Heat

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In the midst of a heatwave, city workers opened fire hydrants at several locations around Columbus, including this one at Linden Park, on July 20, 2011.(Photo: Nora McDonald / WOSU)
In the midst of a heatwave, city workers opened fire hydrants at several locations around Columbus, including this one at Linden Park, on July 20, 2011.(Photo: Nora McDonald / WOSU)

People in Columbus are trying to stay cool under an oppressive heat wave that seems to have stalled over much of the nation’s mid section. People are beating the heat in various ways.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s through Friday, with humidity making it feel as hot as 110 degrees. A number of the city’s community centers are operating as cooling centers so people can get out of the extreme heat.

Steve Mock and his son stood in line at the Dodge Recreation Center on Sullivant Avenue to get swim passes.

“I don’t remember it being this hot, no,” Mock laughed.

That’s because the last time it was this hot it was July 20, 1980 when the heat index reached 110 degrees.

Mock said he has air conditioning at home, but 5-year-olds get antsy, so they had to find something to do that would still cool them off.

“Go swimming,” Mock’s son said.

And at $1 a pass, it’s pretty affordable.

“It helps out a lot,” said Ronda Reed.

Reed bought eight swim passes. She said her air conditioning does not cool her house well.

“The landlord says it’s central air, but you can’t really feel it throughout the house. So you really needed to get out of the heat. Definitely,” she said.

The excessive heat warning is expected to lift by the weekend. The state’s record heat index occurred in July 1995 when it felt like 116 degrees.

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