August 21, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
64°F

Splash … pause … repeat

Becky Tener
The Gazette

MEDINA — “I have to get water,” 6-year-old Alexa Travis shrieked before running through the splash pad at Fred Greenwood Park on Wednesday.

“I love this,” the Wadsworth resident screamed as a jet of water soaked her.

Alexa said the only way to cool off in Wednesday’s 90-degree weather was to go to the movies, as she did earlier in the day or stand under one of the cold water spouts at the splash pad.

More than 100 people flocked there to escape the heat Wednesday, while other area residents cooled off in the city pool at Memorial Park, 421 E. Homestead St.

Julie Worsdall, a head guard at the city pool, said the staff has seen an increase in attendance as temperatures continue to climb into the 90s.

“We have definitely seen more people,” she said. “We’ve had more than 150 people here at any given time during the hottest parts of the day … We usually have about 60 to 70 people.”

Worsdall said the fluctuating attendance at the pool is typical with a change in temperature, keeping the 226,000-gallon pool pretty crowded.

She said while the increase in people has been good for business, it has kept her staff “very busy.”

“We’ve had to put extra guards on duty, but this is a good time for us,” she said. “We also like that we can offer this kind of relief.”

Lisa Klatka, a medical epidemiologist with the Medina County Health Department, said the first thing residents should do to deal with the heat is to be prepared.

She said checking an outdoor thermometer or a weather report before making plans outdoors is important.

“The National Weather Service will issue a heat advisory if the temperatures are too high. That’s usually around when it’s more than 100 degrees outside,” she said.

Klatka said while the weather has been hot, this week’s temperatures haven’t reached the heat advisory level yet.

“It’s early in the summer, so people aren’t acclimated to the weather,” she said. “That’s why it feels so hot.”

Klatka said avoiding the heat by staying inside or finding a cool place outdoors is the best way to be safe.

But if people have to be in the heat, they should stay hydrated by drinking two glasses of water every hour, wearing a hat and sunscreen, and taking extra breaks from the heat.

“Staying out of the sun and keeping your body cool is the best thing you can do,” she said.

Temperatures today also are expected to be in the 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Some relief is in sight, though, as showers are in the forecast for Friday with a high temperature of about
80 degrees.

Contact Becky Tener at (330) 721-4012 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.