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Temple cooling stations are ready for a hot weekend | Region

Several Temple municipal buildings will serve as cooling stations with temperatures expected to reach 106 degrees on Saturday – conditions that led the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heating warning that will remain in effect until at least Sunday.

“Extreme heat and humidity will greatly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” the National Weather Service said in a statement. “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and watch relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

Temple City spokesman Alex Gibbs told the Telegram that the Temple Public Library, 100 W. Adams Ave., is listed as one of the designated cooling stations during regular business hours: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

“Other city facilities that are open to the public may also provide a place of respite during normal business hours,” he said.

Pets will be allowed within the city limits.

Although they do not operate in coordination with the City of Temple, three facilities – Feed My Sheep at 116 W. Ave. G, Impact Church at 306 E. Adams Ave. and St. Vincent de Paul at 106 W. Ave. D – also plan to shelter residents from the heat.

“We do not plan or commit to being open as one of the city’s cooling stations. We don’t have the resources for that,” said Roy Rhodes, senior pastor at Impact Church. “But we will be open during our ‘clubhouse’ hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm”

Feed My Sheep, meanwhile, will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Caitlyn West, who helps operate the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, will help her community by personally transporting residents to their nonprofit organization.

“I drive and pick up homeless people and bring them to our store to eat, freshen up and shower,” she told Telegram. “It’s not something I advertise, but our homeless volunteers know and I know where to find them. I bring back 15 to 20 at a time.

However, the National Weather Service understands that not all residents will have the option to stay indoors this weekend.

“If possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening,” the National Weather Service said. “Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light, loose clothing when possible. To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. Heat stroke is an emergency. Dial 9-1-1. »