Western Mass. residents plan to stay cool during this extreme heat

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Springfield residents celebrated Father’s Day with some fun under the sun on Sunday. But as we head into the work week temperatures could reach close to 95 degrees, and combined with humidity it could feel like 100 degrees.

Mayor Domenic Sarno gave the go-ahead to open the city’s splash pads two weeks earlier, in anticipation of Monday’s heat advisory, which is in effect from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

One father, Omar Anderson, said he drove by Van Horn Park in Springfield on Sunday and noticed that the water was on.

“Why stay inside and be on the iPad, when you could come outside and enjoy the water and the weather.” Anderson told 22News it’s important to always drink water, but it’s also important to enjoy just being a kid.

Maya Anderson of Springfield said, “It just feels like nice to cool down and stuff at the park and run around.”

Hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat illnesses.

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and take extra precautions if you’re spending time outside. Also, keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

For heat exhaustion, look out for heavy sweating and weakness. As for heat stroke, look out for high body temperature and confusion. Both include dizziness, nausea and passing out.

To find a full list of parks with splash pads click here. 

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