COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The president of the Northern Little League in Columbus says it’s been an adjustment for he and children playing baseball at the Shirley Winston Park due to a record-breaking heat wave in the valley that could cause temperatures to surpass 100 degrees.
“Today’s probably the hottest day we had all year. Thankfully, our playoffs will be over Thursday, so with this major heat wave we will be ok. But it’s definitely affecting kids,” says Will Thompson.
Thompson says field conditions have gotten hard and it’s causing them to have to put water on the fields as well as take extra precautions like having games start later to avoid the heat of the day.
“If we were playing games on Saturday going forward, we would be starting earlier to try to avoid that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. heat of the day,” Thompson says.
With the official start of summer and the pool season on Saturday, City Parks and Recreation Director Holli Browder says the only public pools that will be open are the Double Churches Pool on Double Churches Road and the Rigdon Park Pool on Howe Avenue. That leaves the Shirley Winston and the Psalmond Road pools closed for the summer.
“It’s summer in the south so it’s not going to get any cooler. It’s only going to get warmer from here. That’s going to put me in my pool this weekend to cool off. I’m trying not to get out in the middle of the day,” says Columbus resident Jonathan Taylor.
“I’m kind of struggling to do the same amount I was doing last month so, it’s taking a lot out of me,” explains Latasha Rutherford.
As temperatures increase throughout the week, law enforcement officials are advising you to be cautious to not leave pets or children in hot cars and to always stay hydrated. The Muscogee County Coroners Office says in 2017, there were two heat related deaths as well as the year before. They say one is too many.