The mercury level in the District has been so high the past few days that temperatures have easily exceeded 100 degrees, causing the Department of Parks and Recreation to extend its outdoor swimming pool hours.

“Because of the high temperatures we wanted to give District residents an opportunity to beat the heat,” DPR spokesman John Stokes told the AFRO. “But this is nothing new, as the department has been known to do the same thing during past summers when there has been severe weather.”

Stokes added that with DPR having resorted to extended pool hours, many more residents have been flocking to them to cool off. “As the temperatures and mercury arise, naturally, so do the number of people coming out to the pools,” he said.

For the time being, the longer hours will be in effect until late this week. While all of the pools will open two hours earlier, locations with outdoor lighting will be staying open later.

Pools with extended hours are:

-Anacostia, 1800 Anacostia SE, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
-Banneker, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
-Benning Park, Southern Ave. and Fable St. NE, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
-Douglass, Frederick Douglass Court and Stanton Terrace SE, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
-Fort Dupont, Ridge Rd. and Burns St. SE , 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
-Fort Stanton, 1800 Erie St. SE, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
-Harry Thomas Sr., 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE , 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
-Oxon Run, 4th St. and Mississippi Ave. SE , 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
-Theodore R. Hagins Jr., 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
-Volta Park (formerly Georgetown) 3400 Volta Place NW, 11a.m. – 9 p.m.