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Dangerous heat, humidity may prompt Buffalo to open pools, splash pads longer

With extreme heat and humidity expected this weekend, Buffalo officials will be monitoring weather conditions to determine if the city's public swimming pools and splash pads should stay open extra hours, Andrew R. Rabb, deputy commissioner of parks and recreation, said Thursday.

The facilities generally are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, with each pool closed one day per week for maintenance.

Schedules and a complete list of Buffalo’s public swimming and wading pools, as well as splash pads, can be found on the city's website.

Dehydration will be a big factor in the coming days, said Dr. Joseph Bart, medical director for Buffalo Fire.

"If you've got sweat across your brow, you need water," he said. "You don't want to wait until you have symptoms of dehydration."

Symptoms include excessive sweating, heat cramping, exhaustion and fatigue, he said.

Community centers will be open throughout the city, where people can escape the heat.

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