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St. Joseph libraries moonlight as cooling centers

All four St. Joseph locations are doubling as cooling centers as the temperatures rise.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 7:11 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2019 9:44 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) The St. Joseph Public Libraries are doubling as cooling centers as outside temperatures climb. 

Karie Brunette, a visitor at the downtown library said she ditched her outside study session for a cooler environment.

"Heat and humidity kind of reduce the options that you have for sitting outside and studying," Brunette, said.  

Many people took advantage of the library as a cooling center as excessive heat and humidity built up outside. 

"We're beating the heat here because its cooler than other outdoor activities during the day," Lynn Jaekely, also visiting the library said.

Staying inside is advice local doctors want people to take as the temperatures rise.

"Try to stay out of the heat when its the hottest during the day," Dr. Sarah Knorr, Northwest Health Services said. 

Knorr said in extreme heat conditions, it's easy for people to find themselves ill-prepared.

"People may not plan," Knorr said. "They may just go out and do their activity for the day and not have enough water with them." 

At the downtown library, people said they do their best to stay ready as the heat worsens.

"I'm kinda staying aware of that as a mom and making sure the kids don't get overheated outside," Jaekely said.

As the heatwave continues, many said they'll be repeat visitors over the next few days.

For a list of cooling centers across the area click here.

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