With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 95 degrees this week, Lexington will open multiple cooling centers. This combination of heat and humidity will increase the risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities are the most susceptible. Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Lexington until Wednesday night.
“When our summer temperatures reach into the 90’s, and our heat index gets even higher, it is important for everyone to be safe outdoors,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “I encourage everyone to stay hydrated, find shade if possible, and rest frequently if outdoors for extended periods. If anyone needs access to a cool, indoor space during the day, please take advantage of our cooling centers.”
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 tomorrow, June 14, through Thursday, June 16. Please 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 Tuesday through Thursday.
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.
Preparedness information is also available via the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page: @LexingtonKYEM and the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: @Lexkyem.