DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today marks the hottest day of the summer and the year. A heat advisory is in place as the heat index is expected to reach the triple digits.
“I don't mind it every once in a while,” said Aaron King.
The father of four brought his kids to the wading pool at Union Park. While he’d rather stay in the air conditioning, his little ones need to burn off some energy.
“It's good all around for them. Really hot for me,” he added.
On Sunday, nine cooling centers in the metro provided relief to folks who weren’t in the water or don’t have air conditioning. Dozens more will open tomorrow when the heat and humidity cranks up even higher. Monday's heat index could top out at 110 degrees.
"It's been a cooler summer and our bodies haven't adjusted to it yet," said Nola Aigner with the Polk County Health Department.
The Polk County Health Department recommends people get at least two hours of AC a day.
“If we can't cool our body off in being in air conditioning or being in some kind of shade, our body temperature can raise to 106 degrees in 10 to 15 minute and temperatures that high can be fatal,” said Aigner.
You'll find a complete list of cooling centers at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health/ or by calling 211.
DART is providing free rides to anyone heading to one of those sites. Just tell the driver you’re going to one of the cooling center and you won’t be charged.