From Texas Standard:

Walking out to get the mail? Put on some repellant. Seriously.

One type of mosquito you really want to avoid right now is one that is out and about in the middle of the day. It is the type that carries a painful disease that’s spread from South and Central America into Mexico and, perhaps soon, Texas.

Jody Castro

You might have always wanted to get into the water and laze in the summer’s heat. Or wanted to make sure your children knew how to swim but couldn’t afford the lessons. Well, here’s the chance for some summer cheer for San Antonio residents.

Beginning next month (June), the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will offer free group swimming lessons at 23 outdoor pools to children 4 and older, and adults, on a first come first served basis, post registration. 

You have to drop in and register in person for the program, called VIVA SWIM For Life, at any of several locations [the full list of locations is available here] on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Least Hot Summer In 7 Years Ahead For Texas?

May 1, 2015
Chris Eudaily / TPR News

LUBBOCK — Texas lakes are the big beneficiaries of good rains across the state the past two months and forecasters say a continuing El Nino weather pattern will linger through next winter.

That’s good news for a state four years removed from its driest-ever year in 2011.

Forecasters also say this summer in Texas could be the least hot in seven years

Texas received 200 percent of its normal rainfall in March and April. That boosted lake levels from 65 percent full three months ago to 74 percent as of Friday.

This story comes from Texas Standard.

The weather is warming up and kids across Texas are finding ways to stay cool as they play outside. One longtime favorite is a good old-fashioned water balloon fight. But a Texas man may have changed the game forever.

“Where I’m from in West Texas originally, it’s very hot and dry in the summers, and there’s very much a lack of things to do,” Kendall Harter says.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.