October 22, 2021

Relief on the way; scorching weather expected to fizzle out today

Hot enough for you?

Shenandoah Briere/contributing photographer

Jaime Gonzalez, of Cortland, plays with her 2 1/2- year-old twins James and Anyelik at the splash pad at Suggett Park to cool off Friday.

Jaime Gonzalez of Cortland and her twin 2 1/2-year-olds were cooling off Friday by running through the splash pad at Suggett Park in the city on a steamy afternoon when temperatures climbed near 90.

“We have a little kiddie pool at home but this way they can run and see other kids,” Gonzalez said.

She said although the weather was hot, her kids were only a little moody earlier in the day.

And at the nearby Wickwire Pool, dozens of people were beating the heat by taking a dip in the water.

The water attractions at the city park were one way for local residents to contend with a heat as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Cortland lasting until 8 p.m. today. The temperature hit 86 degrees Friday, but humidity made the heat index rise to 93.

High temperatures today were expected in the low- to mid-90s and dewpoints in the lower 70s, bringing a heat index as high as 112.

Shannon Thannhauser and her daughter, Rhea, 5, crossed the asphalt desert outside Plaza 6 Theater in Cortlandville as the temperature climbed past 85. They were going inside to watch a matinee of “Toy Story 4.”

The pair were looking for refuge from the heat, but Thannhauser said she wanted to stay away from Wickwire Pool in the city’s Suggett Park after visiting on the 4th of July and finding a large crowd.

“It was pretty awful for the 4th,” she said.

Keeping cool will be the priority during the heat wave, Thannhauser said.

“I have no plans to do anything outside,” she said.In anticipation of the heat, Red Cross volunteers Tom Margrave and Mary Jane Uttech were on hand Friday afternoon in a cooling station set up in the conference room of the Access to Independence offices at 26 N. Main St. in Cortland.

Margrave and Uttech had plenty of bottles of water to hand out and the building’s glacial air-conditioning to offer the heat-weary. As of 2 p.m. Friday, one client of Access to Independence had made use of the bottled water and ice-cold room.

The Red Cross volunteers were also available to provide first aid for heat-related ailments, Margrave said.

The cooling station, which was open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, will be open the same hours today.

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City Editor Kevin Conlon and reporters Travis Dunn and Shenandoah Briere contributed to this report.