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Lexington's Phase One Heat alert is being extended

Josh James
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WUKY

The level one heat plan will now stretch into next week.

The plan was originally set to expire Sunday. Now it will continue through at least Tuesday evening.

Phase One Heat alerts ensure city agencies are ready with emergency plans, LexTran provides free rides to cooling stations for those experiencing homelessness, and outreach teams are distributing water throughout the city.

Lexington’s community centers will stay open into the early evening as cooling stations. Those locations include Dunbar, Kenwick, Castlewood, and Tates Creek.

The heat index is predicted to be in the upper 90s and may increase to the 100s during the extended period. City officials are monitoring the heat index and say they will expand options and resources as necessary.

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.