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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – With the heat rising, public pools are a refreshing welcome. The Kirkwood Aquatic Center was packed Wednesday as temperatures reached a high of 98 degrees with a heat index simmering at 106 degrees.

“It’s a life saver, earlier we thought about going to the zoo but after seeing the heat index, we were like no, we’re going to the pool,” John Glover said.

Across the parking lot in the park, a youth baseball team, the “Tigers”, with the Kirkwood Athletic Association powered through a practice game.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the 9 and 10 year old players agreed the heat scored a “9.5”.

Their coaches had them ditch their black jerseys for white t-shirts and stop play for plenty of water breaks in an effort to stay cool.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Youth Council South County District cancelled several of its games due to the high temperatures. It’s their policy to do so if the heat index rises to a certain point, for the safety of all players.

“I actually think it is for the kids, with all the air conditioning they are in, I think this would be too much for them,” said Cindi Whalen, CYC South County District Sports.