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Temperature Readings Offer Shocking Picture of Tri-Cities Heat

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The region is right in the middle of a heat wave and it's not showing any signs of slowing down. The region is right in the middle of a heat wave and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.
 KENNEWICK, WA - The region is right in the middle of a heat wave and it's not showing any signs of slowing down. 

In the middle of the week on a beautiful summer day, you might think it odd to find a park completely empty. No children on the swings or the slides. However, that's actually a good thing. Some parks are just too hot to play at right now. 

NBC Right Now took an infrared laser temperature reader to Wye Park in Richland. In early afternoon, the metal climbing area clocked in at around 136-degrees. The slide, made of plastic, reached about 130-degrees and the black swing was almost 160-degrees!    

To think boating might cool  you off, could be a little misleading.

"This seat in direct sunlight up at the front of the boat is 137 degrees," said Nigel Jourdain, of Columbia River Rentals.

Jourdain said he's been keeping a close eye on temperatures this week and talking with customers about keeping cool.

"Dad or mom or an adult can get all this water up here. Then once we take another reading of that cold seat.... Here it's 73-degrees. 74, 76... It's already heating up but we're seeing in the 70's," said Jourdain.

Another popular spot to beat the heat is the Playground of Dreams in Columbia Park, one of the many splash pads in the Tri-Cities. The watered down spots are fairly cool, reading around 72-degrees. But, just inches away it was scorching hot: 135-degrees.

Remember, vehicles get terribly hot as well. At 6 p.m., the inside of a news car read 130-degrees. If you see a child or a pet in a hot car, you should call police immediately. Those are deadly temperatures.

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