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(TAYLORVILLE) — Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry has announced the Taylorville Fire House has been designated as a cooling center for residents during this extremely hot weather.
Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. through the rest of the week.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in effect until 8:00 p.m. today. Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 112 degrees are expected.
The latest weather forecasts show the high on Friday to be 90, with Saturday and Sunday’s highs, 85 and 89, respectively.
Both Monday and Tuesday, highs are predicted to be in the upper 90’s to near 100.
The extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
The NWS suggests during this period, people drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbots. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.