UPDATE: DeKalb County opening cooling centers on Friday, Saturday and SundayImage provided by Atlanta News First
DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb County is again opening cooling centers in response to extreme heat.
The city of Decatur is also opening a cooling center on Sunday.
Decaturish media partner Atlanta News First reports that “dangerous heat” moves into the area tomorrow, Aug. 25.
“High temperatures will be near, or at 100 degrees Friday through Sunday with heat index temperatures of 105 degrees,” Atlanta News First reported.
Temperatures are expected to cool off next week.
Here’s the full announcement from DeKalb County about the cooling centers:
DeKalb County is making most recreation centers and libraries throughout the county available as cooling centers Friday, Aug. 25, Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday Aug. 27 due to a heat advisory.
As defined by the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City Forecast Office, a heat advisoryis issued when “feels like” temperatures are expected to reach or be greater than 103 degrees, or when the actual air temperature is expected to be at 105 degrees or greater.
For a list and interactive map of available cooling centers, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/weather.
Water fountains will be accessible at available libraries.
DeKalb County recreation centers and libraries will be available as cooling centers, during the locations’ normal business hours.
A room in each available recreation center will be designated as a cooling center and water fountains will be accessible at recreation centers and libraries.
The DeKalb County Department of Human Services, located at 30 Warren Street, Atlanta, GA 30317, also will be open to the public as a cooling center Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., during heat advisories.
Seniors needing assistance can call the Senior Link Line at (770) 322-2950 for an assessment of need.
Persons in DeKalb County who need homelessness assistance or housing services can contact DeKalb County Coordinated Entry by calling (404) 687-3500.
For hot weather tips, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/weather.
Here’s the full announcement from the city of Decatur about opening a cooling center on Sunday, Aug. 27:
As the mercury climbs, the City of Decatur remains steadfast in prioritizing your well-being. In response to the upcoming heatwave, the Decatur Recreation Center (located at 231 Sycamore Street) will serve as a crucial cooling center on Sunday, August 27th, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This center stands ready to offer a much-needed reprieve from the impending heatwave. Additionally, the Decatur Library, an integral part of the DeKalb County Library system, will also serve as a cooling center on Saturday, August 26th.
We wholeheartedly encourage all residents to take full advantage of these cooling facilities, ensuring relief and hydration, especially for those without access to air conditioning. As we navigate these challenging temperature conditions, remember, safety comes first. Let’s prioritize staying cool and keeping an eye out for each other.
Heat Advisory in Effect:
Take heed of the Heat Advisory issued until Sunday, August 27th, by NWS Peachtree City GA:
— Heat index values up to 109 expected.
— Impacted areas include portions of central, east central, north central, northeast, northwest, southeast, and west central Georgia.
— Hot temperatures combined with high humidity may lead to heat-related illnesses.
— Extra precautions are advised for outdoor workers and those involved in recreational activities, particularly children and young adults.
— Stay hydrated, seek air-conditioned spaces, and limit sun exposure.
— Keep an eye on vulnerable individuals, including young children and pets, and never leave them unattended in vehicles.
— Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and prioritize safety.
Remember, your health matters. Stay informed, stay safe, and stay cool during this challenging weather period.
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