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Lexington officials open cooling centers, lower price at pools

Kayla Myers, 23, listened to music and watched Tuesday's rainstorm from the front of Bryan Avenue Coin Laundry in Lexington. Heavy rain caused flooding at the nearby intersection of Floyd Drive and East New Circle Road. Cooler temperatures are expected the rest of the week.
Kayla Myers, 23, listened to music and watched Tuesday's rainstorm from the front of Bryan Avenue Coin Laundry in Lexington. Heavy rain caused flooding at the nearby intersection of Floyd Drive and East New Circle Road. Cooler temperatures are expected the rest of the week.

Rain in Lexington on Tuesday afternoon brought relief from heat and humidity, and cooler temperatures are expected for the rest of the week.

The National Weather Service in Louisville canceled a heat advisory for Lexington about 4:30 p.m. as storms moved into the area.

The temperature fell from 92 to 75 degrees at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington as the rain arrived. Wednesday's high is expected to be 88, which is more in line with normal July temperatures than the mid-90s Lexington experienced Monday and Tuesday, meteorologist Tom Reaugh said.

Also, it shouldn't be as humid Wednesday, which is sure to be welcome news to Lexingtonians who have experienced heat indices — combined measurements of heat and relative humidity — that topped 110 degrees two days in a row.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday and a 20 percent chance each day through the weekend, Reaugh said.

Before the rain began to fall Tuesday, the city offered Lexington residents looking to beat the heat a few options to do so.

City officials announced the opening of two cooling centers — at Dunbar Community Center and the Lexington Senior Citizens Center — where people could drop in to get away from the heat, said John Bobel, spokesman for the Division of Emergency Management.

The city also discounted admission to public pools. Admission was $1 for ages 15 and younger and $2 for ages 16 and older, Bobel said. Normal admission rates are $4 and $5.

Bobel said the city would provide these services on an as-needed basis throughout the summer. For information about the cooling centers, go to Lexingtonky.gov or call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Since Sunday, there have been four reports of possible heat-related illnesses in Lexington, fire Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said.

In one of those instances, an emergency crew went to a man's house after his relatives reported that they had not heard from him. Griggs said that was a "good idea."

"We really encourage people to make sure they're checking on the elderly folks in their family," he said.

In another case, a woman accidentally locked her keys in her car while her child was inside. After the locks were popped and the child was pulled to safety, she called the fire department and asked them to check on the child. The child was fine and did not have to be taken to the hospital, Griggs said, although he said children can be injured within just a few minutes of being left in a hot car.

The heat wave prompted several Lexington agencies, including the fire department, the health department and University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, to issue news releases warning people about the dangers of heat-related illness.

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