This week, Albuquerque experienced an intense heat wave.
“It’s hot, it’s really hot,” said resident Leonard Lowe.
The sweltering heat can be intense at times, but at least the city’s splash pads are a fun respite for the kids.
“Just have fun and avoid the heat,” Louie’s son, Logan, said.
“I put my hat on and dip my head in it sometimes,” he added.
The splash pad is not only for children but also for their parents.
“I feel better. I feel cool, literally cool,” Lowe said.
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There are several ways to try to keep your home as cool as possible, says Shannon Jackson, a spokeswoman for Public Service of New Mexico.
“Keep your curtains or line closed, especially during the hottest part of the day,” Jackson said.
“Use ceiling fans in every room in your home,” she added. If someone is sitting in that room, make sure to raise those ceiling fans and make them move counterclockwise.
The heat keeps many people out of the sun. For the homeless in our city, there are few places to cool off.
“The Compassion Services Center, the Hope Workstation Shelter and the American Indian Center are places that have water and sunscreen where people can go to find those cooling resources,” said Katie Simon, with the City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services.
If you have to be outside, it is best to wear light-colored clothing and, of course, remember to apply sunscreen.