Residents Do What They Can to Beat the Heat

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Lois Vaughn runs a small farmers market outside the Scott and White Clinic in College Station two times a week.

"We're expecting it to get 102 or 103," said Lois.

And even with temperature climbing faster than a squirrel on a straight tree, Lois can take the heat.

"We get hot but we're out and about all the time anyway so the heat is not that drastic to us," said Vaughn.

But her great granddaughters who enjoy a little fresh fruit to cool off have a different opinion.

"When we put up the tent , my great granddaughter said, thank you grammy for putting the shade up for me so I wouldn't be in the heat," said Vaughn.

For most folks getting out of this sweltering heat is priority and one of the most popular places is the mall at a cool 76 degrees.

"It's hard keeping the kids cooped up inside so bring them to the mall," said Heather Fulmer from Buffalo.

When you first walk into Post Oak Mall, the blast of cold air hitting your face is a welcome feeling.

"Absolutely, that's why I come," said Fulmer.

And having a place where the kids can keep cool is also important.

"You want them to be outside, but you don't want them to be too hot," said Dorris Hill from Rockdale.

"We can't even go outside of the car for more than two seconds without them complaining how hot it is," joked Tanya Saenz who is visiting from Houston.

The Children's Museum in Bryan is also a popular summer stop to beat the heat but it's not the only option.

"It feels like a million degrees out," said ice skater Alanna Christian.

Getting on the ice at the Arctic Wolf Ice Center can cool you off in a hurry.

"Outside you are just burning out in the sun and in here it's air conditioned. If you fall on the ice, you cool off too," said Christian with a smile.

It's all part of dealing with the summer sun here in the Lone Star State but if you are from these parts, it's just part of the territory.

"We'll get through it like we always do," said Vaughn

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