City implements heat plan as residents try to keep cool - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City implements heat plan as residents try to keep cool

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The City of Memphis may open overnight shelters to help people beat the heat. Meanwhile, staying cool is a concern for many Mid-Southerners.

Tuesday evening, landscaper Sherman Jackson trimmed a lot in South Memphis.

"It's hot, but it doesn't really bother me," said Jackson. "But that's not to say it doesn't bother other folks."

The city implemented its heat emergency assistance plan earlier in the day. It includes extended hours at community centers. Those same centers helped keep people warm last winter.

But extreme heat affects indoor comfort as well. That's why Mitch Wright Heating & Air technician Wes Keith was still working 12 hours after starting his shift.

"This week and last week have been extraordinary," said Keith.

The rising temperatures mean increased revenue for HVAC companies.  But Keith said there are things customers can do.

"Regular routine maintenance is the key to staying on top of any kind of problems that come up," said Keith.

Maintaining yourself outside in the heat is even more important.

"I mean, you got to keep Gatorade, water, keep a cold towel around your neck, " said Jackson. "Stay in the shade, don't try to work too long."

The city is offering free rides to people who need transportation to "cooling" locations such as community centers and libraries. Call the Mayor's Citizens Service Center at 901-576-6500.

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