A guide to beating the heat

Written by Kaitlin O'Dougherty on .


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We have reached the dog days of summer, enjoying the beach and finally putting the coats away. Sounds nice, right? Well Pittsburgh got into a little more heat than expected this summer. For the next week it is predicted to be 90 degrees or above. These temperatures are HOT for those used to trekking through the snow. We found some ways to beat the heat this summer.


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Water Works

There is a list of swimming pools available to city residents for either a daily fee or to those with pool tags. The pools are open from 1-7:45 p.m. on weekdays; Saturdays, Sundays and holiday hours are 1-5:45 p.m.

There are also several spray parks available for free. They are open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

The water feature at PPG Place is another great way to cool off. The fountain is open for activity from 2- 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.



Sailboats preparing for the Regatta at Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

State Parks

Point State Park is a great area to go boating or kayaking while having a beautiful view of the city. However, swimming in not permitted in the park's fountain.

Raccoon Creek State Park offers opportunities such as boating, fishing and swimming near the beaches. Camping is an option with excellent places to cool off nearby.

Ohiopyle State Park offers water slides, fishing and whitewater boating.

Moraine State Park has excellent opportunities for boaters. There are marinas, sailing clubs and boat rentals. Visitors can also windsurf or swim at one of two beaches.

McConnells Mill State Park does not allow swimming, as it is too dangerous, but there are places to fish or go whitewater boating.


A father and son enjoy the water slides at Sandcastle Water Park. (Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)

Water Parks

Sandcastle Water Park offers water slides for all ages. There is also a wave pool and a lazy river.

Spend the day at Kennywood Amusement Park and make it a point to ride the water slides available to stay cool for the rest of the day.

The indoor and outdoor aquatic centers at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park offer slides and pools for families to enjoy.

Don't forget the wave pools too.


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Ice Skating

One can pretend it is winter and ice skate all year long at the Ice Castle Arena on Castle Shannon Blvd.

Take lessons at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and learn something new while avoiding the heat.


Be this happy with these suggestions on how to stay cool at home. (Alyssa Cwanger/Post-Gazette)

Tips and Tricks

For those days when nothing sounds better than sitting inside the house and trying to avoid the rays of the sun, here are some tips to stay cool, especially for those without air conditioning:

1. Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window to lower the temperature, suggests

2.Turn off the lights and unplug electronics to reduce heat

3. Throw your sheets in the freezer or refrigerator for a few minutes

4. Set fans to rotate counter-clockwise says Huffington Post

5. Keep your blinds closed to reduce unwanted heat

6. Grill instead of using the oven which can heat up the house drastically

7. Take a cold bath or shower. It sounds miserable but with these temperatures it helps

8. Use or eat products with mint in them as it can cool the skin, suggests

9. Put a bowl of salted ice in front of a fan to create a DIY air conditioner

10. Crack windows at night if the temperatures tend to drop

Good luck and try to enjoy the warm weather before it turns into snow again!

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