SAFD, Alamo City preparing for hot holiday weekend

Splash pads and cooling centers available to public

SAN ANTONIO – We haven’t even made it to Memorial Day, but San Antonio is already feeling the heat of summer.

“As you can see, I’m drenched,” Aly Sanchez said as she cooled off at a city splash pad.

This weekend, temperatures are forecasted to range between 94 and 100 degrees, but when you factor in humidity, the heat index could reach 110.

“San Antonio does have a lot of areas for them as far as outdoor stuff like this being one, and there are other parks that have splash pads, so it’s just like trying to be creative because there is only so much you can do at home,” Samantha Bravo, a mom keeping her daughter cool at the splash pad, said.

Keeping cool doesn’t have to cost money. The City of San Antonio offers several places to cool off for free, including splash pads, swimming pools, public libraries, community centers, and senior centers.

“It doesn’t have to be a city-owned facility; go to a shopping center, go to a mall, go to a movie, do those things to get out of the heat if you can,” Joe Arrington, an SAFD and Emergency Management public information officer, said

Arrington said if the extended forecast calls for several days of temperatures over 100 degrees, the city will implement a heat plan, but the response depends on the situation.

“Right now, and it could change, what is it looking like for the next few days and the weekend?” KSAT’s John Paul Barajas asked.

“We’ll look at it as it gets closer and say, ‘hey, we need to extend those hours;’ do we need to open somewhere that might normally be closed on a holiday,” answered Arrington

City officials plan to meet tomorrow to assess the situation. On Memorial Day, the Westfall, Henry Guerra, and Igo libraries will be open from 12 to 8 p.m.

For information on heat safety tips, click here.

A map of places to stay cool can be found here.

About the Authors

John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.

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