San Antonio experienced its hottest weekend of the year, with temperatures reaching as high as 105 and with heat indexes of 108. This week despite a 'weak cool front' passing through the area, it will still have triple digit temperatures. In the beginning of the week the Alamo City will have a weak cold front but starting Wednesday the temperature will climb back up into the 100s.
During summer, seniors living in homes without air conditioning or circulating air face a greater risk of heat-related injuries and fatalities. Since 1997 the city of San Antonio, The Metro Health department and other have teamed up again with local organizations for the ‘Project Cool program’. The project focuses on providing cool relief to senior residents over 60 years of age. With more high temperatures ahead this week, seniors can receive a free 20-inch box fan. Anyone interested in receiving a free box fan should call the United Way Helpline at 211 to find a convenient site.
The city is also asking for donations for box fans. You will need to purchase a 20-inch fan for $20 to $30 at any retail store. These can be dropped off at Department of Human Services facilities or any of the following below addresses:
- Catholic Charities, 202 W. French Place, 78212;
- Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78207; and
- St. Stephen’s CARE Center, 2127 S. Zarzamora, 78207.