UPDATE: City of Lexington opens two cooling centers amid record heat

The cooling centers will be open from Tuesday, June 14 until Thursday, June 16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As the heat and humidity continues, the City of Lexington is opening cooling centers around town for those in the community looking for a place to escape the heat.

According to the city, it’s part of a heat plan brought on by record heat and humidity.

You’ll find air conditioning and water fountains at Dunbar Community Center on North Upper Street and Tate’s Creek Golf Course on Gainesway Drive. Dunbar Community Center will be open from 8AM to 8PM and Tate’s Creek Golf Course will be open from 7AM to dusk.

If you need a ride to a cooling center, Lextran is offering free rides: just tell your driver that’s your destination.

We stopped by Tate’s Creek Golf Course’s cooling center, and an attendant at the told us the room used for the cooling center is big enough for about 40 people to gather, making it a great space to beat the heat.

“It’s a great space. It’s out of the sun, it’s very cool with air conditioner. We’ve got somebody here to take any needs that they have and fulfill it,” said golf course attendant Joe Riley.

There’s more ways to stay cool over the next few days. As part of the city’s heat plan, admission to city pools and aquatic centers is 50% off and city splash pads are free.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 95 degrees this week, the city of Lexington is opening multiple cooling centers. Residents needing a cool place to stay during the day are invited to go to one of the cooling centers Tuesday, June 14 through Thursday, June 16.

The locations include the Dunbar Community Center, at 545 North Upper Street and a room at the Tates Creek Golf Course at 1400 Gainesway Drive. Lextran is offering free rides the cooling centers. Residents should tell the bus driver they are traveling to a cooling center.

“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.”

In addition, the City says the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Heat Plan has been activated due to the extreme heat warning. The 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.

LEXINGTON COOLING CENTERS (Tuesday, June 14, through Thursday, June 16)

-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.

-Please remember to maintain physical distance from others.

Health officials say 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.

According to health officials, the 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.

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