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Central Texans seek relief from record temperatures

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The heat is on and just as AC units started to kick in pet owners were heading to the Cedar Park Dog Park

Megahn Zauaig and her cousin brought their two labs so they could get in a quick run.

"And I was going to let them run out here and go into the water part and let them swim," Zauaig said.

A few others had the very same idea.

As promised it didn't take long for the temperature to start its march toward triple digits.

A little before 1 p.m. some locations were already past the century mark.

Not everyone is able to escape the heat that's why the annual drive to collect fans is switching to high.

Organizers with family eldercare delivered 5,300 fans last year. This year that number is expected to hit 6,000.

There have been 64 heat related EMS calls in the Austin area since May 1. The past two years the number of cases have mirrored the temperature, hovering around 100.

Outside workers and construction crews are always break a hard sweat this time of year.

"How difficult is it making sure the guys stay hydrated? its one of the key things in our tool box, our safety talks, when we do our safety meetings what people need to understand the time to hydrate is not today, of course you need to have water today, but the time to hydrating for this heat is yesterday, and the day before that," Construction worker Mike Clark said.

Relief can be just out of reach. Consider these kids, they arrived an hour before this pool opened for the day.

"Sometimes it [the heat] is unbearable, but when I'm in the pool it's not that bad."

The kids eventually got in. Neighborhood yards may not be so lucky. It's why more lawns may include more drought resistant landscaping later this summer.

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