Cooling center opens in response to dangerous heat

Cooling center opens in response to dangerous heat

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Blazing heat across the Mid-South has forced the city to take action.

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library will stay open after hours to serve as a cooling center through Saturday morning.

Cooling centers are designed to help residents dealing with extreme heat. Memphis opens the centers when the heat index reaches at least 105°F for more than three hours per day for two consecutive days, or when the heat index is more than 115°F for any period of time.

Between extended hours for the cooling center and regular operational hours for the library, the library will be open 24 hours a day through the weekend.

For assistance regarding transportation please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (901) 636-2525.

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