Residents seek relief from heat, humidity

Emergency cooling centers stay open today, Thursday

7/18/2013
BY ROSA NGUYEN AND DAVID PATCH
BLADE STAFF WRITERS
Maumee’s Rolf Park Pool is packed with swimmers trying to beat the heat Tuesday, when local high readings hovered around 90 and 91. Last year at this time, Toledo already had four 100-degree days.
Maumee’s Rolf Park Pool is packed with swimmers trying to beat the heat Tuesday, when local high readings hovered around 90 and 91. Last year at this time, Toledo already had four 100-degree days.

Hot pink goggles covering her eyes, Samaria Ladd clutched her best friend's hand and jumped into Maumee's Rolf Park Pool.

COOLING CENTERS

With an unusually high heat index, some emergency cooling centers in Lucas County have extended their hours Wednesday and Thursday. Hours for local centers are:

  • East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • J. Frank Troy Senior Center, 1235 Division St., 9 a.m. to when the last senior leaves.
  • Friendship Park Senior Center, 2930 131st St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Zablocki Senior Center, 3015 Lagrange St., 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Margaret Hunt Senior Center, 2121 Garden Lake Pkwy., 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Sylvania Senior Center, 7140 W. Sylvania Ave., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, 1315 Hillcrest Dr., 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Community Development Center, 330 Oak Terrace Blvd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Senior Center, Inc., 2308 Jefferson Ave., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mayores Senior Center, 2 Aurora Gonzales Dr., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Hancock Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and later if needed.
  • East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The following locations in other northwest Ohio counties are acting as emergency cooling centers Wednesday and Thursday:
  • Defiance County Senior Center, 140 E. Broadway St., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hicksville Area Senior Center, 708 E. High St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Erie County Senior Center, 620 E. Water St., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fulton County Senior Center, 240 Clinton St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Henry County Senior Center, 130 E. Clinton Street, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Danbury Senior Center, 8470 E. Harbor Rd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Elmore Senior Center, 19225 W. Witty Rd., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oak Harbor Senior Center, 8180 West St., Rt. 163, Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Port Clinton Senior Center, 320 E. Third St., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Put-In-Bay Senior Center, 195 Concord Ave. Call 419-285-5501 for hours.
  • Paulding County Senior Center, 401 E. Jackson St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sandusky County Senior Center, 600 W. State St., 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Clyde Senior Center, 900 N. Woodland Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Woodville Senior Center, 321 E. Main St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gibsonburg Senior Center, 100 Meadow Ln., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Bryan Senior Center, 1201 S. Portland St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Edgerton Senior Center, 317 N. Michigan Ave., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Edon Area Senior Center, 320 Parkway St., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Montpelier Senior Center, 325 N. Jonesville St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pioneer Senior Center, 100 N. Elm St.,9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Stryker Senior Center, 102 E. Mulberry St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West Unity Senior Center, 509 N. Main St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • North Baltimore Area Senior Center, 514 W. Water St., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Northeast Area Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Pemberville Area Senior Center, 220 Cedar St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rossford Area Senior Center, 400 Dixie Hwy., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wayne Area Senior Center, 202 E. Main St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Perrysburg Area Senior Center, 140 W Indiana Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With friend Jasmine Harris, 9, in tow, the 8-year-old from South Toledo sprang backward from the pool’s edge and performed backflips in the shallow water.

“It’s summer, and we're out of school and it’s really fun,” Samaria said, flashing a smile as she crawled out of the water.

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Splashing in the pool also helped her beat the Toledo area’s second day of 90-degree heat — a weather pattern that forecasters expect to stick around awhile.

No records are in danger, but the area is in the middle of its first extended heat wave since last summer, with highs in the 90s predicted for three more days after hitting 90 and 91 on Monday and Tuesday respectively at Toledo Express Airport.

Tuesday’s high at The Blade building downtown was just under 92 degrees at 2:30 p.m.

A year ago today, Toledo hit 100 for the fourth and final time of last summer, so a week like this one should be a breeze, right?

But with high humidity, the temperatures today and Thursday, in particular, could feel close to 100, and forecasters said nighttime lows in the mid 70s will offer little relief. A heat advisory was posted Tuesday for southeast Michigan, and a similar caution was possible in northwest Ohio today.

“Not much change is expected through the end of the week,” said Martin Thompson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland.

Brian Zattau, 44, Rolf Park Pool’s assistant manager, said pool attendance has been strong since Saturday, when the current warm spell started to build after the summer began with clouds and rain.

Josh Monaghan catches his son Isaiah, 2, after tossing him in the air at Maumee's Rolf Park Pool.
Josh Monaghan catches his son Isaiah, 2, after tossing him in the air at Maumee's Rolf Park Pool.

“All season long, we've been very slow, and now we've overcompensated,” Mr. Zattau said. “We have a spell like this every year. If it hits 90, things get crazy.”

Nancy Sanford, 54, of Maumee, who visited Rolf Park on Tuesday with grandson Gavin McKee, 5, said, “With the hot weather, the pool is perfect. It won't last and it'll be winter before you know it.”

At the pool’s kiddie playground, Fostoria native Deacon Reed, 12, pulled a red lever, shooting thin streams of water into the air.

“It got so hot yesterday most of [my relatives] got sick,” said Deacon, who visited Cedar Point on Monday with his family. “We went home and turned on the air conditioner.”

The Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio announced Tuesday the availability of 42 senior citizens’ and community centers in Lucas and surrounding counties as “emergency cooling centers” for people, especially older adults and those with disabilities, who are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness.

An office statement said even a few hours in an air-conditioned place can reduce the risk of heat stress or heat stroke.

The senior centers are to reopen today and Thursday, and a decision will be made today about continuing on Friday, said Justin Moor, the agency’s vice president of planning and program development.

Heat and humidity also are tough on outdoor workers, like the Toledo Division of Forestry crew that trimmed branches from locust trees along Franklin Avenue on Tuesday, sweat soaking their shirts and streaming down their faces.

“Everything's sopping wet,” said William Cramer, 59. “We don’t have air [conditioning] in the trucks. It’s 125 in there, but you just got to take it.”

Heat can cause migraines, exhaustion, and muscle cramps, added Mark Pietro, 42, a fellow forestry division employee.

Toledo’s two major hospital systems, ProMedica and Mercy Health Partners, reported no major jump in heat-related cases Tuesday.

Mercy spokesman Sarah Bednarski said its emergency rooms received just “a few minor cases” of dehydration, lightheadedness, or cramps.

The Area Office on Aging advised people to plan outdoor activities early in the day and to drink non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks frequently to remain hydrated.

“Since aging can cause decreased thirst sensation, older adults should drink water, natural juices, or other fruit drinks throughout the day, even if they don’t feel thirsty,” the agency advised.

Contact Rosa Nguyen at: rnguyen@theblade.com or 419-724-6094.