Dangerously hot weather settling over Kentuckiana; city opens relief centers

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A heat advisory continues for most of Kentuckiana today. The WAVE 3 forecast calls for highs in the mid-90s but once the humidity is factored in it will feel like 105 degrees and in some areas will see heat indices at or above 110.

The National Weather Service says high temperatures near 100 degrees are expected in western Kentucky and an excessive heat warning has been issued as far east as Owensboro and Hopkinsville.

Louisville is now part of an excessive heat advisory as well as Bowling Green Covington and Newport.

Other counties under the excessive heat warning include: Hardin County, KY; Bullitt County, KY; Grayson County, Kentucky; Meade County, Kentucky; Breckinridge County, Kentucky; Orange County, Indiana; Crawford County, Indiana; Switzerland County, Indiana; Floyd County, Indiana; Owen County, Kentucky.

Visit http://www.wave3.com/weather for a complete list.

Senior citizens are advised to stay indoors when possible, as well as anyone suffering from allergies or other respiratory conditions.

Pet owners are advised to keep pets indoors if possible, or make sure they have a sheltered area outdoors with plenty of cool water.

Meanwhile, the city is encouraging citizens to use its resources to stay safe during the extreme heat.

There are many ways you can beat the head:

  • Visit one of eight Neighborhood Place locations throughout Louisville as a cooling relief center for those needing to get out of the heat. To find the location nearest you, call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/NeighborhoodPlace.

  • Stop in at one of Metro Parks' 14 community centers for cooling relief. Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/communitycenters for a list of locations.

  • Find relief at one of the 18 Louisville Free Public Library branches. Visit http://www.lfpl.org for locations.

  • The Community Action Partnership offers assistance with obtaining fans and air conditioners. Program requirements are that applicants must be age 60 or older, have a medical condition, or have a child under 6 in the household. Applicants also cannot have obtained an air conditioner within the last 5 years or a fan within the last 3 years. This program is available to residents of Jefferson County who are income eligible (125% or below the federal poverty guidelines). For more information, call 574-5624.

  • Take advantage of Metro Parks' pools, spraygrounds and spraypads. For a complete listing of locations and hours, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/summerpools.htm.

  • The Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the Operation White Flag program to ensure that homeless people can find shelter during severe weather. Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or heat index is 95 degrees or higher. A white flag flies outside each participating shelter to show that Operation White Flag is in effect.  All persons needing shelter can stay at the participating Operation White Flag shelter while weather conditions persist.

    The participating Operation White Flag shelters are St. Vincent de Paul (1034 S. Jackson St.), Salvation Army (831 S. Brook St.), The Healing Place (1020 W. Market St. (Men) and 1503 S. 15th St. (Women)), Volunteers of America (Men), and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).

  • In addition, three Day Shelters can be used during Operation White Flag: Jefferson Street Baptist Center (733 E. Jefferson St.), St. John Center (700 E. Muhammad Ali (Men)), and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).

The Louisville Metro Health and Wellness Department is offering the following suggestions to stay safe:

  • Avoid long periods out in the blazing heat. Take frequent breaks.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors
  • Drink lots of water and natural juices
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and soda
  • Keep lights turned off
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically; use cool towels
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing outdoors
  • Avoid heavy meals
  • Avoid using your oven
  • Reduce physical activity
  • If you feel you need emergency medical attention due to heat, call 911 immediately.

For more information visit: www.louisvilleky.gov/Health.

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