Due to the dangerous heat over much of the Tri-State area, the National Weather Service has issued an "Excessive Heat Warning" until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
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Dangerous heat is expected to continue through Saturday as a large area of high pressure remains centered over Missouri. High temps are expected to be at or above 105 on Thursday and Friday, before a cold front moves into the region on Sunday and drops temperatures back to more normal levels by early next week.
Heat is a major killer. Here are some simple safety tips that can help prevent heat-related problems during this hot spell:
1. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle - not even for a minute.2. If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately!3. Stay out of the sun.4. Spend as much time as possible in air conditioning. If you do not have an air conditioner, go to an air conditioned public building or a local cooling center.5. Slow down all activities.6. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Do not drink any alcohol, including beer.7. Dress in lightweight and light colored clothes.8. Eat smaller meals and less protein.
Remember, a heat stroke is an emergency. Call 911 without delay if you or someone you know believe you are experiencing a heat stroke.
The Quincy Salvation Army will open the Kroc Center and Family Services offices as Cooling Centers during the heat advisories. The Family Services office is located at 333 N. 6th St and will be open Monday through Thursday from 9-4 p.m. The Kroc Center at 405 Vermont St. will be open from 9-4 p.m. seven days a week for those days when people need a place to go to escape the heat. The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter can be contacted at 217-222-8655.
Quincy Mayor John Spring reminds everyone to check your neighbors and the elderly during this period of extreme heat. For those without air conditioning, Mayor Spring suggests seeking some temporary relief from the heat at the Senior Center, Kroc Center and the Salvation Army Family Services Office, Quincy Public Library or the Quincy Mall during their normal business hours. He also encourages people to drink plenty of water.
The Quincy Kennel Club is opening the doors to its training facility as a cooling center for any domestic animals in need of a break from the heat. If you wish to bring your pet, please contact Becky Fortney 217-653-4551 or Anne Heckle 217-257-1322 to make arrangements.
In Macomb, Illinois, the University Union Prairie Lounge on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus has been designated as a cooling center for area residents through Sunday, July 8. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance. Individuals also are welcome to watch television in the Murray Street Cafe.
Due to the Heat Advisory issued for Macomb by the National Weather Service, Mayor Michael Inman announced that the Community Room located on the first floor of City Hall, 232 E. Jackson Street, will be open as a cooling center for Macomb area residents from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6, (including July 4) during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As a reminder, the Go West bus transportation system will run during these hours and can be used by those who may not have transportation.
Other cooling centers in the Macomb area include the first floor of the WIU Multicultural Center on C.T. Vivian Way/Murray Street from 8 to 4:30 p.m. Monday â?? Friday through July 6 (the center will be closed July 4). In addition, the McDonough County Red Cross at 1224 Maple Avenue is a designated center from 8 to 5 p.m. through Friday, July 6.
The Bott Community Center at 705 Lafayette St. in Warsaw is open to the public as a cooling center.
Stay with the KHQA 7 Storm Team for continued updates during the "Heat Wave".
If you have information regarding a cooling center, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 217-222-6206.