Houstonians try to keep cool on another record-breaking day

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 6, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 7 at 10:12 AM

HOUSTON—Souring temperatures continued to take a toll on Houstonians Monday, as people struggled to find relief in the face of dwindling options. A number of city swimming pools are operating on restricted hours, and some parents said their children continue to suffer.

"This is not a good thing at all," said Robert Yates, who stood outside a gated-up swimming pool at Tuffly Park in northeast Houston, where he had come to spend the afternoon with his 6-year-old daughter. "All she wants to do is swim. She can’t and it’s hard on her."

Children downtown had an easier time finding relief. Dozens of them crowded into the splash park at Discovery Green, and spent hours drenching themselves to cool down.

"It cools you off when it’s really hot," said Dacota Rice.

Over the weekend, more than a hundred concertgoers were treated for heat exhaustion at the Free Press Summer Fest downtown. Doctors warned symptoms can come on suddenly.

"People should pay attention to symptoms like nausea and vomiting," said Dr. Nick Solomos, a family practitioner at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Make sure you don’t develop those symptoms by taking scheduled breaks and keeping up with your fluids."

The advice could help keep things cool even when it’s hot.

 

 

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