No end on the horizon for hot temperatures

West Michigan and the Tri-Cities area is in for a stretch of hot weather as temperatures are expected to float near 90 degrees for most of the week. Aaron Ofseyer, WZZM-TV meteorologist, said temperatures in the Tri-Cities for most of the week will run in the high 80s to low 90s with heat indexes near 100 degrees. "Not since 1988 have we seen this kind of heat (for this long),' he said.
Alex Doty
Jul 18, 2011

 

Ofseyer said except for a chance for showers and thunderstorms scattered throughout the week, there is no immediate relief in sight for the long stretch of high temperatures.

According to Ofseyer, people should stay cool, avoid strenuous activities and drink plenty of water. Additionally, he said people should check in on those who might be at risk, including older adults and those with respiratory issues.

“People with respiratory issues are going to be affected because of the air quality,” he said.

Local officials say there are options available for residents to beat the heat.

In Spring Lake, residents have a place to go if they are feeling overcome by this week’s heat.

“We have a cooling center at Barber School where people are welcome to come and cool off,” Spring Lake Village Manager Ryan Cotton said.

Cotton said residents are asked to sign in when they arrive at the facility, located at the southwest corner of Exchange and Buchanan streets. People are welcome to bring books and games to keep themselves occupied. The preliminary hours of the facility are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We did it last year and I think a handful of residents took advantage of it,” Cotton said, adding it is just one of many options people have to stay cool.

He said others in the community plan their day around the hot weather by going to shopping centers and restaurants.

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said that although the city doesn’t have an official cooling center, residents who are feeling the affects of the heat are always welcome to come to one of the many public buildings to stay cool.

“Our public buildings are air conditioned and are always opened to the public,” McGinnis said.

He said the choices range from places like Loutit District Library and City Hall to the Grand Haven Community Center, which is also home to the North Ottawa County Council on Aging.

In addition to having locations available for people to find relief from the heat, McGinnis said the city’s staff members will be staying cool as well.

“We’ll make sure all of the city’s employees stay hydrated,” McGinnis said.

At Grand Haven State Park, park officials are prepared for the onslaught the summer weather might bring to the park.

“We’ve had a pretty good crowd all summer long, so we’re expecting that to continue,” said Melissa VanderVelde, acting supervisor at Grand Haven State Park.

She said there have been plenty of days so far this year that the park has been at or near capacity.

According to VanderVelde, the park and its staff have a routine set up to deal with the nearly 5,000 people who visit the state park on a regular daily basis during the hot summer days.

“We have a routine for the days we do fill, so we try to be prepared,” she said.

 

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