AUSTIN (KXAN) — Believe it or not, this could be the coolest day of your weekend.

A Friday Heat Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. and is expected to be re-issued or even upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning Saturday and Sunday. It all triggers Austin-Travis County’s heat plan.

Temperatures Saturday and Sunday will likely hit 106 degrees, beating current records both days.

People are already flocking to Austin’s watering holes with their pups.

“She coaches tennis during the mornings and she’s on a hot tennis court every day, and so she gets off the tennis court, comes straight here and cools off,” said Jane Zion, visiting Barton Creek with friend Nancy Rushefsky.

“Look at me!” said a sweaty Corey James, visiting from North Carolina. “The summer heat is no joke out here!”

But when it gets dangerously hot, even Austin’s creeks aren’t cool enough.

“After this, we’re all gonna like shower, take naps, stay inside until it’s nighttime and not like too bright out,” said Bailey Bercik, Corey’s friend who is also visiting Austin from Seattle.

“For me, it’s an early morning activity and then when it’s the heat of the day, I’m in the air conditioning,” Rushefsky said.

In a memorandum last week, the City of Austin’s assistant city manager, Rey Arellano, outlined Austin’s heat plan, which he said is divided into phases: Pre-heat advisory phase, head advisory phase, and excessive heat phase.

In a Heat Advisory, the city focuses on increased monitoring of vulnerable people as well as the general public. The city also shares information through the media and groups that work with vulnerable populations, according to the memo.

“As the National Weather Service issues the various warnings and advisories, it triggers a heat plan… for our team,” said Sara Henry, spokesperson for Austin’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department. “And what we do is we follow that plan to make sure that we’re doing both the outreach… and the logistical steps that are needed for us to be able to successfully support the community.”

The city has at least 15 cooling centers open set to open on Saturday and has already decided to go from six to eight centers on Sunday, in anticipation of an excessive heat warning, which would trigger phase three of Austin-Travis County’s newly revised heat plan.

Henry said they also work with homeless resource groups to locate those vulnerable populations and help bring them to cooling spots.

In an excessive heat phase, Arellano said the city takes “direct action” to keep vulnerable people healthy and safe, including opening more cooling locations or extending their hours.

Henry said they have the proper staffing for all cooling centers.

“Right now, we are trying to make sure that what we were standing up is sustainable. Over the course of the summer as we anticipate that this will continue to happen, we’ll continue to need resources for for heat, as it’s record high temperatures over the summer,” Henry said.

She said different departments are in charge of staffing at cooling centers; for example, Parks and Recreation staffs recreation centers operating as cooling shelters.

A PARD spokesperson said they won’t need to provide overtime pay because their centers are usually open on weekends, anyway.

Austin Public Library Department (APL) said because two of their facilities will be open out of normal hours on Sunday, they had to issue a call for staff to volunteer.

Spokesperson Baylor Johnson said those slots for the Ruiz and Little Walnut Creek branches were filled, and employees will get to receive overtime pay, leave time, or more flexible hours during their work week in exchange.

According to the memo, the city also has cooling station supply mission ready packages, and shelters that have been reconfigured to keep folks cool in case there’s a power outage.

Arellano said Austin Energy also has crews on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any outages.

He also said they work with partners, including all city and county departments, as well as CapMetro, American Red Cross and the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

CapMetro Chief Operating Officer Andrew Skabowski said any bus will take someone to a cooling center, even if they can’t pay for the ride.

“We’re committed to helping customers stay safe during these unsafe weather conditions, and dangerous heat is not safe weather condition,” Skabowski said. “And, so we’re gonna get you there. And if you can’t pay the fare, well, we’re more concerned with getting you safe into a cooling center.”

Skabowski said although they are still looking to hire more bus drivers, it doesn’t affect their ability to take folks to cooling centers. They’re offering a $1,500 to $3,500 hiring bonus.

Although they are in regular communication with the city, spokespeople for the Red Cross and ADRN said they’re on standby but so far, haven’t been requested to pitch in with staffing, resources like water bottles, or setting up cooling centers.

You can find the city’s latest alerts here.

Public Facilities Open Saturday, July 9  

  • Gus Garcia Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   
  • Givens Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.   
  • George Morales Dove Springs Rec Center – 10:00 a.m.-4: 00 p.m.    
  • South Austin Recreation Center – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    
  • Dittmar Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   
  • Austin Recreation Center – 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Showers are closed.)    
  • Hancock Recreation Center – 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
  • Northwest Recreation Center – 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.   
  • Cantu / Pan A.m. Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • Montopolis Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    
  • Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • Dougherty Arts Center – 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • George Washington Carver Museum – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • Asian American Resource Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   

Public Facilities Open Sunday, July 10 

  • Gus Garcia Recreation Center – 12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.   
  • Givens Recreation Center – 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.   
  • George Morales Dove Springs Rec Center – 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.    
  • South Austin Recreation Center – 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.   
  • Dittmar Recreation Center – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • Austin Recreation Center – 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Showers are closed.)   
  • Ruiz Branch Library  (1600 Grove Blvd.) – 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Cooling Center only, not open for normal library operations.)
  • Little Walnut Creek Branch Library (835 W. Rundberg Ln)  – 1:00 pm – 7:00 p.m. (Cooling Center only, not open for normal library operations.)