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Ways to cope with summer heat (video)

By chirst
July 22, 2013 at 2:22 a.m.

From left,  Steven Salinas, 5, Shauln Walker, 7, Felicia Selinas, 9, and Bella Vrana play under one of the water fountains at Lone Tree Creek Splashpad in Victoria.

Not intimidated by the heat, 4-year-old Ava Padron has been busy all summer.

Sometimes, she goes to the library for story time; other times, she gets to play in the Victoria Mall playground; and when she is really lucky, she and her baby sister get to play at the new Lone Tree Creek Splashpad in Victoria.

"It is hot, so we are trying to do more things inside," said Ava's mom, Amy Padron. "We just go and go and try to do everything we can."

With Monday's heat index expected to rise to 106 degrees, according to the National Weather Service , families around Victoria are looking for ways to stay cool.

Ira Phillmore, of Victoria, said he spends much of his weekend outside under a shade tree, playing dominos or visiting with friends.

"We are blessed today because of the cloud coverage and the shade," Phillmore said of Sunday, which reached a high of 91 degrees. "But you can't really beat the heat now. Just drink a lot of tea and Gatorade."

Sunday was the Padron family's first trip to the splashpad, but Padron said she takes the little girls to story time at the Victoria Public Library because it is air-conditioned and gives them things to do.

Padron said she looks for inexpensive ways to get her girls out of the house but still stay cool, as Ava squealed and dodged buckets of water at the splashpad.

Sandra Salinas, of Victoria, brought her three children and her grandson to the splashpad Sunday for the same reason - it is free.

"Especially now, since everything is so expensive - the gas is expensive, so it is nice to know you can bring them right here and not have to spend a fortune," Salinas said.

The Salvation Army in Victoria also offers a cooling station during the summer for those without air conditioning. Open on weekdays, the cooling station provides water and light snacks.

The 2013 summer is expected to be hotter than average, according to The Weather Channel. The normal average high temperature in Victoria is 93.8 in July and 95 in August.

The 2010-12 summers were the three hottest consecutive summers since 1895, according to a statement by The Weather Channel. The extreme heat is partially caused by the drought plaguing the Southwest since 2008.



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