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Lexington activates Phase 2 Heat Alert as temperatures, heat index expected to reach mid-90s

With temperatures and the heat index forecast to be in the mid-90s, Lexington Emergency Management has activated its Phase 2 Heat Alert.

The combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day and check on elderly neighbors.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has activated its Emergency Summer Weather Plan. The Hope Center HopeMobile will be covering these extended days and will be distributing water, sunscreen, and other supplies. The Hope Center HopeMobile can be contacted at (859) 252-7881.

With a Phase 2 Heat Alert, the following will go into effect on Thursday, July 18.

•Lexington Parks and Recreation will offer half-price pool admission through Sunday, July 21.

•Lextran will provide free rides to shelters and cooling centers through Sunday, July 21.

•The Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street, will open as a cooling center through Sunday, July 21. Exact hours will be posted.

•The Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, will open as a cooling center on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Exact hours of operation will be announced on Friday.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211, or visit the United Way of the Bluegrass website – www.uwbg.org – for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.

More information about extreme heat conditions is available at www.lexingtonky.gov/heat or the Lexington Emergency Management website at www.BeReadyLexington.com/extreme-heat.

From Lexington Emergency Management

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