Lexington implements Phase 1 Heat Plan for a third time in as many weeks

Republished from WEKU.

Lexington officials have activated the city’s phase one heat plan. This is the third time in as many weeks that officials have acted.

Temperatures in the Lexington area are expected to be in the lower 90’s but the heat index is forecast to be 97 degrees.

The heat index combines temperature and humidity to approximate how hot it “feels” outside.  Lexington will monitor the heat index and expand options and resources as necessary.

LexTran will provide rides to cooling stations for those experiencing homelessness free of charge. Outreach teams will distribute water throughout the community.

The Division of Emergency Management encourages all residents to take precautions if outdoors, especially during the late morning through the afternoon.

The very young, the elderly, and those with medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and should seek shelter from the extreme heat.

Lexington’s community centers, which include Dunbar, Kenwick, Castlewood, and Tates Creek, will be open into the early evening and will serve as cooling stations.

More information about beating the heat and Lexington Emergency Management can be found here.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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