Keeping Cool at the Pool

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PALMERTON -- With another day of temperatures in the 90s, many people looking for relief are packing public pools.

Whether they were flipping off the diving board or just jumping right in, children at Palmerton Memorial Park in Carbon County were doing all they could to stay cool on this hot summer day.

"It's very hot, over the 90s! It's nice to be able to cool off in the water," said Caitlin Smith, Bowmanstown.

One group of young swimmers told us it's too hot to sit home and be cooped up inside so the pool was the perfect spot to hang out.

"Oh, it's really fun because I also get to see all my friends go off the diving boards and show off my own amazing tricks," said Mason Marlett, Palmerton.

The giant in-ground pool was packed with residents trying to beat the heat.

We even found the mayor of Palmerton soaking up a little sun.

"That's why everyone is here. You do a little bit of work at home in the morning and then grab a snack and come on up. It's beautiful," said Palmerton Mayor Chris Olivia.

Swimmers tell us the nice part about this pool is that it is big enough to accommodate a lot of people and it's exactly what you need on a hot summer day.

"Oh, there is none like this around here," Smith said. "This is the only one within miles, biggest pool in PA I've heard, so it's very nice."

For some, the pool is more than just a place to cool off on a hot summer day; it's a place where you can go to see some old faces and some new ones too.

"It's wonderful to see them all. We get together in the pool and talk a little bit about different subjects and go to the next group and talk again so it's really neat."

And while the heat is still with us, emergency services including those in Monroe and Carbon Counties are reminding those who are outdoors to stay hydrated, get enough shade whenever possible, and remember to wear sunblock.

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