Triple-digit temperatures spread across North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

During what is the hottest weekend of the year so far, you might find people trying to enjoy Main Street Garden Park in downtown Dallas.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees for the second straight day in North Texas, triggering an excessive heat warning.

Even with high temperatures, the events scheduled in the region seemed to go on without interruption.

In Carrollton, dozens of families stood in the parking lot of a library and senior center, many fanning themselves during a ceremony celebrating Philippine Independence Day.

“It’s probably the hottest in memory,” says Gus Mercado.

Gus Mercado of the Philippino Leaders Coalition of North Texas says the Independence Day celebration takes place, regardless of the weather, every year on June 12.

This year was an additional anniversary, marking 80 years since American soldiers helped secure the freedom of the island nation while fighting in the Pacific theater.

“Our safe passage to this country as immigrants was paved by the heroes of World War II,” Mercado said.

That’s why he says everyone was ready to step out — even during potentially record-breaking temperature — to honor the sacrifice. The majority of the festivities were then moved indoors to a nearby senior center.

“Keep cool and don’t spend a lot of time outside,” Mercado said.

Throughout the region, if you need a place to cool off, other locations are now open.

The Salvation Army of North Texas activates its nine cooling centers when temperatures reach 100 degrees on consecutive days.

The Salvation Army’s Christine Cavalier says relief from the heat comes simply from opening up lobbies as a place to cool off and having plenty of bottled water on hand.

Cavalier adds later this summer, the nonprofit will add box fan distribution to its 12 drive-thru food pantry locations.

“This year, it seems like it’s a little early that we’re launching those efforts,” Cavalier said. “Usually once we kick off our heat relief efforts, we sort of keep them open.”

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