With temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and high humidity, heat index values are forecast to peak around 105 degrees this afternoon. Additionally, warm temperatures overnight will provide little relief from these oppressive conditions. Today could see record-setting high temperatures. While a break in the heat is forecast for the weekend, extreme heat returns next week.
Lexington residents needing a cool place to stay during the day are invited to come to either of the City’s two locations to cool off. Remember to maintain physical distance from others.
The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A room at the Tates Creek Golf Course at 1400 Gainesway Drive will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk.
Lextran is offering free rides to Lexington residents to any of the cooling centers. Residents should tell the bus driver they are traveling to a cooling center.
Admission to Lexington’s pools and aquatic centers is 50% off.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Heat Plan has been activated due to the extreme heat warning. This plan will remain in effect through the evening of Friday, June 17. The plan is activated anytime temperatures are expected to exceed 95 degrees and it also relaxes access to emergency shelters.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, schedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.