Some city pools extending season due to excessive heat

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The pool is always a win with the kids. (WPVI)

This kind of oppressive heat will have you feeling all types of ways.

"It's really hot. Walking anywhere it's really sweaty," said Maria Olshefski of South Philadelphia.

There was a steady stream of customers at Pop's Water Ice in South Philly.

"It's too hot. It's disgusting out here," said Taylor McFadden of Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

Kyle Marco and Taylor McFadden came from Gloucester Township to play Pokémon GO. But even Pikachu isn't worth baking in the sun.

We asked the pair at what point does it get to be too hot?

"The point where you can't catch Pokemon," said Marco.

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This kind of oppressive heat will have you feeling all types of ways.

Over in Center City, duck boats were packed with tourists hoping to beat the heat.

"It's the water portion. You sit through, get the breeze, especially down the parkway. That's when all the best breeze comes, and then 20 minutes in splashdown. That little bit of mist that comes from splashing down in the Delaware River, people love it," said Courtney Barkers, Ride The Ducks employee.

"It's fine, you know, I just got to keep the kids hydrated. Plenty of water, you know, go on the duck boats today, then we'll probably go to the Franklin Institute after that," said Sam Fioreli, Yeardley, Pennsylvania. "Outside and then quickly inside."

The pool is always a win with the kids.

"It's hot. Bringing the kids out having a good time. Enjoying the pool," said Jasmine Marsh of Southwest Philadelphia.

Mander Pool in Fairmount Park was the place to be, especially after the city announced the staggered closing of pools would be delayed because of dangerous temps.

Marsh says she'll take the stickiness and discomfort of Friday's heat over snow any day.

"You can't complain because once it gets cold, then we will be complaining about it's too cold," said Marsh.

The city originally planned on closing 21 public pools this weekend. They'll now close eight because of the excessive heat.

The Parks and Recreation Department says all city pools will remain open with the exception of the following:

- Northern Liberties - 321 Fairmount Avenue, 19123
- Lederer - 1202 E Montgomery Avenue, 19125
- Cruz - 1400 N 5th Street, 19122
- Penrose - 1101 W Susquehanna Ave, 19122 (*This location currently has mechanical issues and will close on 8/12.)

- Schmidt - 113 W Ontario Street, 19140
- Scanlon - 1099 E Tioga Street, 19134
- Morris Estate - 1610 E Chelten Avenue, 19126
- 39th and Olive - 39th and Olive Streets, 19104

The city explains the pools that will close are due to lack of lifeguard staffing.

However, due to the excessive heat this weekend, all pools are opened Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Without the open pools neighbors say kids inevitably look for alternatives. Not all of them safe.

Rosie Spivey of North Philadelphia says, "They go to the fire hydrant up the street. Turn the water on in front of the house."

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