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Despite the heat, Houstonians enjoy the outdoors in Houston parks – Houston Public Media

Despite the heat, Houstonians enjoy the outdoors in Houston parks – Houston Public Media

Despite the heat, Houstonians enjoy the outdoors in Houston parks – Houston Public Media

Lota Nwaukwa

Children playing in the water fountains at Discovery Green.

As temperatures rise, some Houstonians are looking for ways to escape the heat. Discovery Green is the perfect cooling off spot for residents due to its shaded trails and splash areas.

César Duque and his family recently traveled to Houston from Orlando and were shocked by the high temperatures. He said they went to the park to pass the time and cool off before returning home.

“I have some friends who are from here. They told me it’s usually hot but not this hot,” Duque said. “I’m just enjoying the park, even though it’s beautiful.”

The warm weather attracted many daycare groups to the splash zones. Atavia Banks took her students to enjoy the water fountains. She says it’s important to keep children safe while playing in the sun.

“Hydration…all day, stay full of fluids and take a break, get in the shade when you have time,” Banks said. “I’ve been here my whole life, so it’s always hot during the summer, so you have to prepare for it.”

Kyah Parisian makes snow cones for people who prefer to cool off with sweets. Despite the heat, she finds ways to stay cool while working.

“I have my air conditioning on full blast right now, I’m wearing shorts and it’s nice to work with ice because it keeps me cool all day long.”

Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 108 degrees and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday.