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Residents can escape to a cooling shelter today from what are expected to be record-breaking temperatures and get free fans to help beat the heat.
Today will be the “hottest day many Hoosiers have ever seen in their life,” the National Weather Service said in an excessive heat advisory.
The high temperature is expected to reach 100 degrees today, according to AccuWeather. The record high temperature for June 28 is 104, set in 1931, according to information from the Indiana State Climate Office.
The excessive heat warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. The weather service also has issued a red-flag warning in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.
A red-flag warning means that a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and hot
temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.
An excessive heat warning means anyone spending time outside should take the proper precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing and drinking plenty of water or other non-alcoholic, decaffeinated fluids.
Eastside Community Center is extending its hours of operation until 9 p.m. to offer a cooling shelter.
The center will have ice water, lemonade, fruit and a light dinner in the evening.
Euchre games will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., with other games and activities planned.
Free fans are available at the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center for Bartholomew County households that do not have air conditioning.
The fans are limited to one per household and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Diane Doup, community outreach coordinator for Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, said residents also could escape the heat by visiting local public facilities, such as the library or the playground at The Commons.
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