With Temperatures Rising, Northeast Oklahoma Looks For Ways To Cool Off


Monday, July 17th 2006, 3:02 pm
By: News On 6


Sweltering heat is taking a toll on Oklahoma. Temperatures climbed into the triple digits in most parts of the state on Monday.

News on 6 anchor Craig Day says heat warnings remain in effect for most of the week.

In Tulsa, EMSA has responded to 23 heat related calls over the past four days. Residents across eastern Oklahoma continue to struggle to keep cool with the mercury rising. There doesn't look like much of a break anytime soon.

Technically, it's a high-pressure system hovering over Oklahoma that's making it so hot. No matter the cause, the outcome is brutal.

When you work on an asphalt crew, a 100 degree day feels more like 115 or hotter on the pavement. Tulsa city employee Clyde Worthan: "I be drained at the end of the day. You know, tired. Ready to go home.” Craig Day: “what do you do when you get home?” Clyde Worthan: “pass out. Take me some cold water and pass out." Clyde, his fellow crew members and the rest of us are in for more hot days.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for excessive heat all this week. Clyde Worthan: "Sigh. It ain't nice. I tell you. It's not nice at all." Not nice at all because we'll experience near record heat with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees.

"Man it's killin." Francisco Fernandez tries to stay in the shade, takes frequent breaks and looks forward to the end of the day. "Take a cold shower. Literally. Cold shower. And try to relax in the air conditioning and try not to go back outside.”

While some folks have to get out in the heat to make a living, others are urged to stay inside where it's cool.

With the weather so hot, keeping cool is crucial, keeping a sense of humor may be even more important. Tulsa city employee Tommy Washington: "August ain't got here. August ain't got here. This ain't tip of the iceberg yet. When August gets here, then it's hot."

Two Tulsa cooling stations have now been opened. Tulsa's Heat Coalition announced Monday, it has a cooling station at the Salvation Army Center on North Denver and another one at 4401 Charles Page Boulevard in Sand Springs.

The two centers will be open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily for people who might not have air conditioning at home. Red Cross workers will offer snacks and cold water.

In addition, Muskogee also has a cooling station set up. People needing a break from the heat can go to the Muskogee Civic Center. It will remain open daily noon until 8:30 PM.