Pools, schools and sports: Your guide to miserable weather
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:46:06 GMT —
There's no relief from the heat in sight as schools, pools and high school athletic coaches plan for the worst that summer has to offer.
Indian Mounds Pool will be open this weekend allowing for one final reprieve from the late-summer heat.
The Quincy Park District closed Wavering Aquatic Center for the season, but Indian Mounds will remain open Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
The Park District saw attendance at Indian Mounds increase from about 50 swimmers to about 150 last weekend as people sought relief from the heat. The district has considered extending the pool season into another weekend, a plan that could be stymied by the budget.
"If it cools off by then or whatever then attendance drops off, then we won't," Director of Program Services Mike Bruns said. "The expenses increase if we keep the pool open another week."
After a mostly mild summer, temperatures this week should remain in the mid-to-upper 90s. A heat advisory remains in effect for Scotland and Clark counties, in Missouri, as well as Hancock and McDonough counties in Illinois until 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Numerous schools throughout the Tri-States dismissed early Monday and Tuesday due to the sweltering temperatures including schools in Fort Madison, Hannibal, Liberty, Warsaw, Western and a Quincy parochial school.
For an up-to-date list of closings click here.
The Bott Community Center at 705 Lafayette, St. in Warsaw opened a cooling center from 6 a.m. To 9 a.m. the cooling center will remain open during the heat advisory.
The hot weather is also placing some restrictions on athletic practice at area school districts.
Quincy Public Schools Athletic Director Bill Sanders said that guidelines require additional breaks for outdoor athletic practices. If the heat index is between 95 and 104 degrees, football players take water breaks ever 20 minutes. If the heat index is above 105 degrees, practices are canceled.
"We haven't really had to do much with it yet up until last night," Sanders said. "We've cut back our practices and coaches are putting that plan in to place."
Monday's Quincy boys soccer game was split in to quarters instead of halves to give players more down time between play. The boy's golf outing against Hamilton was canceled because Hamilton schools dismissed early.