In the last few days, there’s been a lot of “hot” news out there:
- A headline in The Washington Post announced, “The heat index reached 152 degrees in the Middle East — nearly at the limit for human survival.” That was on Tuesday, July 18. But hey, you weren’t planning to go there, right?
- China set a new all-time record that same day — 126 degrees. Not going there, either? OK…
- Death Valley hit 128. That’s just two degrees short of the world record measurable temperature ever, anywhere. And that’s in America, folks. That was Sunday.
- Speaking of the U.S.A., back to Tuesday the 18th, Phoenix, Ariz., scored a record of its own. It reached or exceeded 110 degrees for the 19th day in a row.
- Earlier in the month — the Fourth of July, in fact — the entire planet was hotter than it had been in the history of thermometers. And some said it was likely the hottest day in 125,000 years. This broke an “old” record that had been set… the previous day.
The good news is that it hasn’t quite been Death Valley hot here in the Charlotte area — but it hasn’t been chilly, either, as we all know. So how should we deal with that?
First, there’s the easiest option, and the one closest to our hearts — the junior Olympic-sized pool and kiddie pool that we are blessed to have right here in the neighborhood! Here’s the pool schedule, and don’t forget the rules!
Of course, you may have been going there yourself — or sending the kids — every day since school let out. It’s fun every time, but maybe you want a change of routine.
Well, we looked around and found some suggestions here and there of places you could go to get and stay cool within easy distance of home.
- Go bowling. Hey, it sure beats playing tennis in this heat — much less mowing the grass. A few days ago, WSOC recommended 10 Park Lanes as a place to cool office. Sounds good. But there are plenty of other alleys in the area.
- Go ice skating. We’ve never been there, but Extreme Ice Center sounds good based on the name alone.
- Ray’s Splash Planet — The TV folks said it’s “really out of this world with water slides, including one that’s three-stories tall, a lazy river, and all sorts of fun things to help soak you.”
- Don’t let your brain rot in the heat! Go visit a museum! Options include Discovery Place Science, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Illusions and the NASCAR Hall of Fame!
You get the idea. There are plenty of options, and if it does get to 128 one day here in Huntersville, you’ll know what to do.