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There is an excessive heat warning in effect for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati is facing record-high temperatures this week, and the county and city are hoping to offer some relief to residents in the form of cooling shelters.

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission has announced it will be opening its rec centers — save for those in Bond Hill and Winton Hills, which are closed due to power outages as a result of Monday’s storm — for those seeking relief from the heat.

And Hamilton County’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security team sent out a notice of other locations to cool down, including at the Cincinnati Public Library and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Other neighborhoods have also opened their own cooling centers.

“The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for our region today, June 14 through Wednesday, June 15 with dangerously hot conditions and heat index values up to 109. The expected hot weather will make heat-related illnesses a very real and dangerous threat especially for those living in
homes without air-conditioning,” reads a release from Becca Doris, community outreach specialist for Hamilton County’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “Hamilton County residents are advised to avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun. Check frequently on relatives and neighbors that are elderly or chronically ill. Don’t forget to check on your pets as well.”

The National Weather Service has an excessive heat warning in effect for the area from noon-9 p.m.  June 14, and an excessive heat watch from 9 p.m. June 14 until 8 p.m. June 15.

Hamilton County recommends residents stay hydrated and avoid the heat (especially in the afternoon), noting that the impact of heat compounds over time. The county also says to check on pets and the elderly, and to not leave pets outside or in locked vehicles.

Here is the current list of Cincinnati cooling locations. Visit hamiltoncountyohioema.org for the most up-to-date info:

  • Cincinnati Recreation Centers: Find hours and locations at cincinnati-oh.gov
  • The Cincinnati Public Library: Call 513-369-6900 to verify your nearby branch is open and did not suffer power outages a result of the storm
  • YMCA of Greater Cincinnati: Call 513-362-9622 for more info or visit myy.org
  • West Side: 8575 Bridgetown Road, Cleves
  • Glen Carder Lodge: 5125 Foley Road, Delhi (open until 4:30 p.m. or until power is restored)
  • MTFD Station 68: 10000 Mt. Nebo Road, North Bend (until 8 p.m.)
  • MTFD Station 69: 4938 East Miami River Road, Cleves (until 8 p.m.)
  • Miami Township Community Center Basement: 3780 Shady Lane, North Bend (until 8 p.m.)
  • East Side: 4450 Eastgate S. Drive, Eastgate
  • Oakley: 3500 Madison Road, Oakley
  • Northern Kentucky: 828 Heights Blvd., Florence

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