ASHLAND - Excessive heat in the forecast has prompted the opening of two cooling centers in Ashland Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 527 E. Liberty St., will be open to the public as a cooling center 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday as well as 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center St., will be open to the public as a cooling center 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ashland County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Rafeld is encouraging county residents to check on neighbors, friends and relatives whom may be impacted by the extreme heat.
An excessive heat watch will be in effect in Ashland and surrounding counties from noon Friday through 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
With temperatures in the mid 90s and dewpoints in the mid 70s, the area will likely see very high heat index values. The temperature will feel as hot as 109 degrees.
The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
Those who must be outside should stay hydrated and take breaks, the National Weather Service warns.