Lexington Emergency Management warned residents to take extra precautions in hot temperatures as it activated its Phase 1 Heat Alert, which occurs when the thermometer climbs above 90 degrees.
The high temperature Tuesday was expected to hit 90 degrees and the Wednesday high will be about 91, according to the National Weather Service. WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said some people in the area could have a heat index in the low- to mid-90s.
While the alert is in place, Lexington residents are advised to drink plenty of water and to avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day. The combination of heat and humidity could lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly, according to the city.
The Emergency Summer Weather Plan by the city’s Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has also been activated.
The Hope Center Emergency Shelter and other local shelters relax rules and allow people to stay during the daytime during hot weather.
Water, sunscreen, sack lunches and basic hygiene items will be distributed by the Hope Center’s HopeMobile, which is parked at a different church each weekday.
The need for donations increases when hot weather hits, according to the Hope Center. It asked for bottled water, socks, deodorant and single-ride bus passes to be dropped off at the Men’s Emergency Shelter at 360 West Loudon Avenue.
Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or visit the United Way of the Bluegrass website for locations of other shelters and other resources.
Emergency management can issue three heat alerts. The second phase is activated when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch and the third occurs when the weather services issues an Excessive Heat Warning that is expected to last at least three days. The alerts activate different responses from various services.