UPDATED: Cooling Centers Available Across St. Louis as Brutal Heat Continues

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Not cool. And not cool.

As St. Louis is getting slammed by heat that may hit upwards of 90 degrees this weekend, the lyrics to Nelly's "Hot in Herre" have never rang more true.

A heat advisory was issued by the city for August 23 at 1 p.m. to August 26 at  9 p.m. The city’s advisory advised residents to drink plenty of fluids, staying in an air conditioned room, staying out of the heat and checking on neighbors and relatives.

Since a heat advisory has been issued, there are cooling centers available in St. Louis. The Salvation Army has opened multiple of its centers, with most open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Haven (10740 Page Avenue; 314-423-7770) is open 24 hours and providing snacks and hydration. The shelter will open for overnight stays beginning July 5 and going until Sept. 3. See more information on the Salvation Army’s website: www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org/

As of August 2, St. Louis Public Library (2260 South Vandeventer Ave;314-771-5450) is open from 12 to 8 p.m. Machachek Library (6424 Scanlan Ave; 314-781-2948) is also available to cool down. There are a total of 16 libraries to find shelter from the heat in. Find more locations and their extended hours to cool down on their website: www.slpl.bibliocommons.com/locations

Find cooling centers by calling United Way at 800-427-4626 or calling 211 on a landline. The United Way also has a list of cooling centers available here.

The hottest day of the year so far was June 18. It tied with the hottest June 18 on record at 100 degrees — June 18, 1953. This is the first time St. Louis has reached 100 degrees since 2018. The weekend is expected to be in the high 90s, as well.

Note: This article has been updated to include more cooling centers and new hours.

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