Heat alert issued for Lexington


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Phase 1 Heat Alert has been issued for Fayette County in anticipation of the potentially record-breaking heat expected this week.

Lexington Kentucky Emergency Management announced the alert Monday and says it will continue through midnight Thursday, October 3.

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Under a Phase 1 Heat Alert, the Emergency Weather Plan of the Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention goes into effect. Additional shelters and cooling centers are opened. For a list of shelters, click here.

The Hope Center HopeMobile will be out distributing water, sunscreen, and other supplies. The Hope Center HopeMobile can be contacted at (859) 252-7881.

On Friday, the city of Lexington announced trash collection would begin at 3 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and residential pickups at 4 a.m. Monday and Tuesday this week in an effort to reduce employees’ risk of heat-related injuries.

Health officials caution people if they plan to be outside, saying they should stay well hydrated, take frequent breaks in air-conditioned spaces and use sunscreen.

They also say people should check up on relatives, neighbors and pets.