People try to stay cool in city pools as temperatures rise in the Triangle

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the heat continues to hover above 90 degrees, people around the Triangle are finding ways to stay cool.

Optomist Pool in North Raleigh has been a popular place over the past few weeks.

The facilities director said they’ve seen 10,000 people visit the pool so far.

Cooling down in city pools is one way people are trying to beat the heat.

In fact, all city pools have been busy this summer, according to the City of Raleigh.

The City says attendance is up about three percent from last year so far.

Durham Rescue Mission says they’ve also been busy.

“When the homeless are out, whether they are holding a sign, looking for a job, trying to find something to eat, sometimes it can be too rough on them,” Rob Tart with Durham Rescue Mission said.

The shelter activates the white flag mode when temperatures increase, just as they would when the temperature dips below freezing in the winter.

The white flag mode is when the shelter hangs a white flag outside indicating the temperature is extremely hot outdoors.

The rescue mission says because of the extreme heat, they’re low on bottled water and could use donations.

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