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Heat wave prompts opening of cooling stations in Salisbury

SALISBURY — With a heat advisory in effect and heat index values topping 100 degrees, cooling stations will be open in Salisbury this weekend for those who don’t have a place to take a break from the heat, including the homeless.

Rowan County Manager Aaron Church said cooling stations will be open at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA —  828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W — and the Department of Social Services — 1813 E. Innes St.

The YMCA cooling station will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Social Services cooling station will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Both cooling stations will offer drinks and light snacks, but no overnight accommodations will be provided.

On Saturday, the high temperature is expected to be 95 degrees in Salisbury, but heat index values may be as high as 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels. On Sunday, while there’s a chance of storms, the high temperature is expected to be 93 degrees, with a heat index as high as 101 degrees, the National Weather Service projects.

A news release about the cooling stations said all residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check in on relatives and neighbors. Those working outdoors should take extra precautions and, when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, the news release said.

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible, the news release stated.

The cooling stations will be a partnership among county government agencies, the American Red Cross and YMCA.

Read more about ways to stay cool during a heat wave that’s affecting the region: Summer heat won’t end soon; here’s how to protect yourself.

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