Heat wave prompts extended hours at Falls pools

James Neiss/staff photographerThis file photo from shows a group of children and adults as they cooled off at the Hyde Park Splash Pad during last year's Niagara Street Elementary School Pre-K Family Splash Bash. The hours for the splash pad, along with two of the city's pools, have been extended for today in anticipation of extremely hot temperatures. 

Forecasts of continued extreme heat this weekend prompted officials in the City of Niagara Falls to announce extended hours the city's pools and local air-conditioned cooling centers.

Mayor Paul Dyster said the city will hold pool hours today from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Center Court and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 91st Street. 

In addition, the John Duke Senior Center will hold extended cooling center hours from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. today. 

 

Temperatures climbed into the 90s around much of the state Friday as much of the nation dealt with high heat. High temperatures are expected to linger through the weekend.

New York state parks are keeping their pools open longer to help people deal with the hot spell.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that extended hours will continue through Sunday at more than 30 parks statewide.

The heated forecast prompted the cancellation of several events in New York City, including an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. OZY Fest, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Central Park. was also canceled as was a planned Times Square commemoration of the 1969 moon landing. 

Officials earlier announced the cancellation of the New York City Triathlon, which was scheduled for Sunday.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio directed owners of office buildings over 100 feet tall to set thermostats to 78 degrees through Sunday to conserve energy.

Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age and those 65 years and older. Health and public safety officials are encouraging people to take the following precautions while the heat wave continues: 

• stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible;

• drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty;

• schedule outdoor activities carefully;

• wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen; 

• take cool showers or baths to cool down and

• never leave children or pets in cars. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

 

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