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Emergency plans activated ahead of extreme heat wave in Lexington


With temperatures in the upper 90s projected through mid-week, the city will be keeping a close watch on vulnerable populations and opening up cooling centers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Dunbar Community Center on 494 North Upper Street will offer a spot to cool down from 8 am – 8 pm, while a room will be available at the Tates Creek Golf Course on 1400 Gainesway Drive from 7 am – dusk.

"It's not only the heat. It's the humidity. The body loses its ability to regulate temperature and now you can be into serious trouble. This is particularly important for the very, very young, the very, very old, and those who may have some sort of chronic illness."
John Bobel, Lexington Emergency Management

The city is also reminding residents to stay hydrated, keep pets out of hot cars and provide them plenty of fresh water, and to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses – which can include red, dry skin with no sweating, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

The heat emergency will remain in effect through dusk on Friday. High temperatures aren’t expected to dip below 90 until Saturday.

More on the city's heat plan.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.