Tuesday, July 17, 2012
National Weather Service urges caution
as high temps, humidity return to Lexington
The National Weather Service has issued a heat-related special weather statement for the Lexington area. The statement is in effect for Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18.
Hot moist conditions under high pressure at the surface and aloft will result in dangerous heat indices both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. High temperatures are expected to top out in the low to mid 90s both days with dewpoints in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Resultant heat indices should top out in the 100- to 105-degree range for both days.
Residents are urged to use caution if outdoors during the afternoon and early evening hours. People should drink plenty of water and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. They are also reminded to check the back seat to make sure infants or children aren’t left unintentionally in a hot car.
The Dunbar Community Center at 545 N. Upper St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents are invited to come there to cool off.
Lexington residents who need a ride to the center can use LexTran for free, said Jill Barnett, a spokesperson for LexTran. Officials suggest if you are coming to the center, bring a blanket, pillows and bottled water.
Admission at Lexington’s aquatic centers and swimming pools will be half-price on Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the aquatic centers will be $2 for children ages 15 and under and $2.50 for youth and adults ages 16 and up. Admission to regular pools will be $1.50 for those 15 and under and $2 for adults 16 and up. For information on locations of the pools and aquatic centers, click here or call LexCall at 311 or 859-425-2255.
Information about taking precautions during periods of excessive heat is available here. Information is also available on the Division of Emergency Management’s website.
Information from the division is also available through the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page – Lexington KYEM. Information is also available via the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account.