CINCINNATI — An Excessive Heat Warning begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m. Saturday. An Excessive Heat Warning is defined by two to three days of high heat and humidity with temperatures at about 90 degrees.
About 175 Americans die each year from extreme heat, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The heat index is expected to soar to 110 degrees over the weekend, which could increase the risk of health problems, especially for elderly people and young children.
For Cincinnatians without easy access to air conditioning, there will be cooling centers open across the Greater Cincinnati area to access free as the temperatures climb.
Here's where you can find a safe place to cool off in the Tri-State:
- Pools, spraygrounds and splash pads are great options for those with little ones
- Cincinnati Public Libraries welcome everyone needing a little cooling off
- All Lane Libraries will be open to the public
- Sheriff Jones has announced that the lobby area of the police station at 705 Hanover St. in Hamilton, Ohio is available for those who need it
- Church of Christ -- 911 Cherry Street, Blanchester
- CWJFD stations -- 82 Spring Hill Road, Clarksville
- Chester Twp. Fire & EMS -- 5580 St. Rt. 380, Wilmington
- SRWW Joint Fire District 2 station -- 179 South Jackston St., Sabina
- Clinton Highland Fire District station -- 676 West St., New Vienna
- Wilmington Municipal Building -- 69 N. South Street, Wilmington
And, of course, there's always the option of hitting up a classic soft-service ice cream parlor. Yum!