“As this most recent heat wave has claimed numerous lives across the nation, I believe it is necessary for the city to offer our citizens assistance in this regard,” Muenger said.
Muenger said both facilities will be open for either recreational purposes or heat relief. The recreation center will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the pool will be open from 1-7 p.m. “No fees will be applied,” Muenger said, “and all are encouraged to come visit our recently remodeled facility.”
The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued an excessive heat warning for central Alabama until 9 tonight. Temperatures are expected to range from 101-104 degrees with a heat index of 110 degrees.
According to the Weather Service an excessive warning means a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur and extra precautions should be taken.
The advisory states strenuous activities should be reschedule for early morning or in the evening. Anyone working should rest frequently in shaded or air conditioned environments the advisory warns.
To guard against the heat, the advisory suggests individuals wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
The advisory suggests individuals should know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and anyone overcome by the heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat strokes should be treated as an emergency and 911 should be called.