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7/18/06-Tyler

East Texans Find Ways To Escape Heat Indoors

The outdoor basketball courts in this Tyler park were empty as temperatures soared above the 100 degree mark. The outdoor basketball courts in this Tyler park were empty as temperatures soared above the 100 degree mark.

There's no question about it, it's hot.   With temperatures above 100 degrees in all of East Texas today, along with a heat advisory, going to the pool does not even feel, or sound refreshing. The blistering heat is keeping East Texans indoors. 

Amy Johnson brought her daughters to the Tyler Public Library.

"We generally just let them pick out whatever books they are interested in and also special topics and just kind of beat the heat in the cool library," said Amy Johnson. At the Glass Recreation Center, the outdoor basketball courts are empty, but inside is a different story.

"It's hot," said nine-year-old Trey Freeman who was playing basketball inside. "My mom said it's hot outside, and she don't want to be outside."  Many families went to the movies today.

"I want some air conditioning, and I want to relax," said 11-year-old Blake Schroeder. 

"It's so hot outside, and the lakes are dried up," said Sarah Symbalisty. "Might as well go where it's cool."   One of the most popular places today was the bowling alley.  Workers at Green Acres Bowling Alley in Tyler say it stays busy all summer long, and many people comment on the weather.

"They are like, it's so cool when we walk in here," said Tammy Jennings, Desk Manager of Green Acres Bowling Alley. "They're like we don't want to bowl. We can just sit and watch everybody bowl."   That's what Heather Cagle is doing, watching her daughter and daughter's friends.

"They enjoy it," said Heather Cagle.  "We have a friend who has a pool in their yard, so it gets old. They get tired of swimming." Instead of having fun in the sun, these East Texans are finding other ways to have safe fun by staying indoors.  

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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