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The sign says it all.  The 3 PM temperature in Downtown Albany was 102 degrees. The sign says it all. The 3 PM temperature in Downtown Albany was 102 degrees.
The Carver Pool shimmers in the afternoon sun.  A pool is a great place to spend a hot day. The Carver Pool shimmers in the afternoon sun. A pool is a great place to spend a hot day.
An empty swing at Tift Park in Albany.  Few people were brave enough to go out in the heat Friday afternoon. An empty swing at Tift Park in Albany. Few people were brave enough to go out in the heat Friday afternoon.
Folded up chairs and tables are all that were left after the Kids On The Move event ended early due to the heat. Folded up chairs and tables are all that were left after the Kids On The Move event ended early due to the heat.
An empty trail at Tift Park in Albany.  Trails are lonely places on hot afternoons such as the one Friday. An empty trail at Tift Park in Albany. Trails are lonely places on hot afternoons such as the one Friday.
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The track at Albany State University was supposed to have been covered with children running, laughing, and playing on Friday morning. But heat curtailed the fun.  Empty tables and boxes are all that remain.

Derrell Smith, the Deputy Director of Albany Recreation and Parks Department said, "the heat got us a little bit on that and actually ended that a little earlier than usual."

The Kids On The Move Event it was called. But today, the only movement was to an early shelter. Something the Recreation and Parks Department has become used to this summer.

"We may have altered it a little or moved the times, a little earlier or a little later," said Smith.

For most of the past few months, the unrelenting sun has continued to bake South Georgia. Every day the highs are three, five, seven degrees above the normals. And there's no end in sight.

Recreation and Parks decided to end this event a little early due to the extreme heat. But there are other summertime events that they run as well. So what are they doing to keep kids and adults safe?

The most important thing that Recreation and Parks does for the kids is to make sure that they slow down a bit. But, kids will be kids. The heat this morning didn't stop Kyra Bailey.

"I ran around the track twelve times," she said.

But even she's aware of the dangers of too much playing outside in the middle of the day. So when does she go out?

"At night to avoid the heat," she said.

Still, the adults are usually the one that have to step in and make sure that there aren't any heat related issues.

Smith has some advice: "make sure they get the proper breaks. Again, you know, an eight or nine year old may not know when it's time to sit down a cool off a little bit."

And if it gets too hot, the city does have another idea for you.

"We also have our pool," said Smith.

Anything to keep cool during the dog days of summer.

The Albany Star singing event, which won't take place until August 6th, is already another victim of the heat. The Recreation and Parks Department has decided to move the outdoor event to the morning, so that it won't be quite as hot.

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