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Friday, June 18, 2021

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

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 4:16 PM

click to enlarge Not cool. And not cool. - @PAGENT / FLICKR

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.

Follow Jenna on Twitter at @writesjenna. Email the author at jenna@riverfronttimes.com
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