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ABC 7 Xtra How to beat the heat

After the recent heat wave that saw temperatures rise to triple digits, the Borderland is starting to get back to its typical forecast for this time of year. But that doesn’t mean the emphasis should stop on heat safety.

The ABC-7 weather team is projecting temperatures to stay in the mid 90s for the following days. Despite the drop in temperature, it remains important to stay cool, especially when doing outdoor activities.

“It won’t be as hot as what we saw in June, but highs will still be in the 90s much of the week with a bit of humidity, making it feel warmer than our typical dry heat,” ABC-7 Meteorologist Kyle Hanson said.

On Thursday, ABC-7’s Saul Saenz brought you the story of a father and daughter who looked to take advantage of cloudy a day at the park. The overcast was a bit misleading and the father showed his daughter that despite the cloudy weather, some of the playground equipment was still to hot to use.

The father got a blister on his hand after touching some of the equipment. ABC-7 crews took the temperature of a slide and it read over 100 degrees. The temperature was taken at a shade-covered slide and it was 10 degrees cooler.

Shade covers are something the City of El Paso is beginning to implement at parks. That’s part of a city initiative to make parks safer during scorching weather.

Borderland residents are also finding other ways to stay cool, including going to splash parks and making sure they drink water.

On ABC-7 Xtra, we’ll have some tips from a medical professional on how to beat the heat. Plus, we’ll speak to representatives from the City’s Park and Recreation department and they’ll tell us what the City is doing to help with heat safety.

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