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Pools one of few reliefs for high temps in Hardin County

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By Kelly Cantrall

Pamela Thompson enjoyed Radcliff City Pool with her grandchildren Tuesday, just as they do every day. Temperatures in the area have spiked past the 100-degree mark, and the heat makes the water more inviting.

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“It was hot,” Thompson said, “but we kept on coming.”

HardinCounty’s heat wave has drawn patrons to the cool waters of local pools, and directors say they’ve seen an increase in the numbers coming out to swim.

Thompson said the pool makes up for sweltering temperatures.

“They get out of the house,” she said of her grandchildren, “and it’s so nice.”

Temperatures maxed out at 104 degrees last Friday, according to Greg Strobel at the National Weather Service at Fort Knox. While there’s usually a day or two of 100-degree weather in summer, it’s rare to have it June, he said. There have been four days of such temperatures between June and July, he said.

After a slight reprieve from the heat Tuesday, the area will see temperatures between 98 and 101 degrees today through Saturday, according to The Weather Channel.

Lori Jury, director of Radcliff Parks and Recreation, said the pool has attracted more patrons on what typically are slower days, such as mid-week.

But hot weather doesn’t always guarantee more swimmers.

“It can get too hot,” she said. Extended periods of heat, she said, can corral residents indoors.

Jim Connelly, manager of American Legion Park in Elizabethtown, said he’s seen a slight but “not a dramatic” increase in patrons seeking reprieve from the heat in the pool. The heat seems to attract some residents, but drives others away, he said.

Cathy Coolidge, a teacher at Kinderplay Child Care Center in Elizabethtown, was at the pool Tuesday with children from the center for one of their daily field trips. They visit the pool twice a week, except when temperatures are too high, she said.

Members at E-town Swim & Fitness Center have taken advantage of the pools, membership coordinator Marianne Gallegos said. The center typically sees more swimmers when it’s hot. If the weather cools off, their numbers drop off, too, she said.

Gallegos, like Jury, said peak time for the pool is after it’s been hot through May. That’s when swimmers are ready for the water.

“Everybody’s itching to get in the pool,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.