Swimming hours extended at Ontario Beach Park due to heat

July 18, 2019 12:36 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Public swimming hours at Ontario Beach Park have been extended due to the heat and humidity.

The News10NBC First Alert Weather team has issued a Yellow Alert for Friday and Saturday with the heat index expected to reach at least 100 degrees in the Rochester area.


Lifeguards will remain on duty for people to continue swimming for an exta hour until 8 p.m., begnning Thursday and running through Saturday, July 20. 

Normal hours for public swimming are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily through Labor Day. Swimming is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty. 

The Monroe County Department of Public Health advises that you can minimize the risks from the heat by taking the following steps:   

  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with specific health concerns should stay in the coolest location available to them, not necessarily indoors. 
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. 
  • During excess heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. 
  • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat. 
  • Check on elderly neighbors or others who may be homebound. 

Click here for additional heat safety tips from the National Weather Service Heat Safety Page.

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