WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The City of Wichita is extending its efforts to provide relief to residents in need. 

Wichita Transit will continue to be free until the end of the day on Saturday, July 30. The ICT Street Team will continue to be out at various times daily checking on people, passing out cold water and electrolyte packets and addressing any medical concerns as they arise.

The city also recommends going to the public libraries as a way to stay out of the heat. 

"Our libraries have AC, technology, comfortable seating, have water fountains, and an endless supply of learning and entertainment for all ages." the City's press release said. 

The city's Parks and Recreation centers are another place that Wichita residents can cool off. You can find a list of recreation centers can be found on their website

"Residents are encouraged to stay inside as much as possible, hydrate regularly, and ensure pets also have access to shelter and water," the city said. 


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"It's very cool water. Nice, fun, exciting. Good for kids to be out," said Aniecia Williams.

Williams and her 4-year-old niece L'Aniecia are doing sizzling hot days the right way – at a splash pad.

People all around the city were doing anything they could to keep cool Monday.

"Trying to be, you know, under the shade as far as possible, will protect us from the sun," said Nibedhan Ravi.

"I get a wet towel and just drape it over myself, let the wind blow on me," said Margaret Vandorien.

"Trying to stay out of the way, man. Trying to stay in the shade," said Chris Knight.

With dangerously hot temperatures headed our way for the rest of the week, the city announced plans to help people get through it, including making sure folks know what heat-related symptoms to look out for.

Sometimes they go unnoticed, but they're extremely dangerous. They can include dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea and weakness. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, please move to a cooler area, sip cool water when possible, and call medical help if symptoms persist," said Vice Mayor Becky Tuttle.

Starting Tuesday, the city is also making all bus rides free for the rest of the week – something Vandorien says will cool you off fast.

"Sometimes I feel like I should have a sweater, because you're always like brr," she said.

The Wichita Police Department will be out looking for anyone who needs help and handing out cold water.

"I think it's very important to provide care for those that are less fortunate than others. And our team, it's a connection between the folks that need some services, who may not know how to get them," said Lt. Mike Linnehan.

While most people are hoping it cools off soon, L'Aniecia is just hoping to keep making new friends at the splash pad.

"Come around and enjoy the fun," she said.

See below for a full list of heat-related resources available in Wichita.


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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Due to the high temperatures this week, the City of Wichita is doing what it can to provide relief to residents.

Starting on Tuesday, July 19, Wichita residents will be able to ride Wichita Transit for free until Saturday, July 23. City buses and trolleys have air conditioning and Wi-Fi, and residents are invited to utilize buses as a way to beat the heat.

"Our Wichita Public Libraries are always a great respite for any extreme weather," the city's press release read. "Our libraries have AC, technology, comfortable seating, have water fountains, and an endless supply of learning and entertainment for all ages." 

The city’s three Neighborhood Resource Centers are participating in Alliance of Overlooked Neighbors’ Hydration Awareness Month event that goes through July 24. The Neighborhood Resource Centers have water and air conditioning for anyone who needs it.

The city's Parks and Recreation centers are another place that Wichita residents can cool off. You can find a list of recreation centers can be found on their website

"Residents are encouraged to stay inside as much as possible, hydrate regularly, and ensure pets also have access to shelter and water," the city said.