It's going to be VERY hot with an excessive heat and humidity in the forecast through this weekend. The City of Waterloo has ways for residents to stay cool.

Cooling stations from now through Sunday July 21st include:

  • Gates Pool, 620 East Donald Street - $4 daily admission ages 2 and up, $1 under age 2. Open Swim Hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday – Thursday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • SportsPlex Pool, 300 Jefferson Street - $5 open swim hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Mark’s Park Spray Pad, no cost, open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. for ages 12 and under.
  • Young Arena, 125 Commercial Street, Wednesday - Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.  Drinking fountains and seating available.
  • Waterloo Center for Arts, 225 Commercial Street, Wednesday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please use the main entrance to the Grand Foyer.
  • First Station #1, 425 East 3rd Street, will have water available.
  • The Salvation Army in Waterloo will offer a cooling center and hydration stations Wednesday through Saturday: Main location, 89 Franklin St., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thrift Store, 415 E. 7th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterloo Fire Rescue advises residents to watch for signs of heat exhaustion, which include headache, cramps, lack of perspiration, and vomiting.  To avoid heat exhaustion, residents should stay well hydrated, avoid extraneous exercise outdoors, minimize alcohol or caffeine consumption, take frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioned spaces and wear lose, lightweight, and light colored clothing. The city also encourages pet owners to keep their animals indoors and hydrated during the extreme heat.

(Press release from Kendra Wyatt, Executive Assistant, Mayor’s Office)