With temperatures expected to be in the mid to high 90s and the heat index well over 95 degrees for the next two days, Lexington will activate its heat plan. 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.
“When our summer temperatures reach into the 90’s, and our heat index gets even higher, it is important for everyone to be safe – indoors or outdoors,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “I encourage everyone to stay hydrated, find shade if possible, and rest frequently if you’re working outdoors for extended periods.”
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the extreme heat conditions. This plan will remain in effect through the evening of Thursday, August 4, and may be extended. The plan is activated anytime temperature highs are expected to exceed 95 degrees and relaxes access to emergency shelters.
Residents needing a cool place to stay during the day are invited to come to cooling centers located at the Tates Creek Golf Course (1400 Gainesway Drive) or the Dunbar Community Center (545 N. Upper Street). The rooms will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lexington’s public pools will offer half-price admission through Thursday. A list of the pools and aquatic centers is located at lexingtonky.gov/pools.
Lextran is offering free rides to Lexington residents who need a ride to any of the cooling centers. Residents should tell the bus driver they are traveling to a cooling center.
Preparedness information is also available via the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page: @LexingtonKYEM and the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: @Lexkyem.