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Intense Heat Expected For The Next Few Days

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An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued today through Saturday for several counties in southwest and central Missouri.  A heat advisory is in effect for much of southern MO and Northern Arkansas. 

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity over the next few days will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely, according to the National Weather Service. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors.

To help you stay cool, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is extending hours tonight until 8 at Westport Pool and tomorrow until 8 at Silver Springs Pool.  Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs Pools will be open until 8 on Friday, and Grant Beach, Westport, Silver Springs and Meador Pools will be open until 8 p.m. Saturday.  Fassnight Pool will be open until 10 p.m. 

All three Springfield-Greene County Park Board Family Centers, as well as Jordan Valley Ice Park, open their lobbies as free public cooling centers during Heat Advisories.

Family Center locations and lobby hours are:

Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road, 417-891-1616

Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road, 417-891-1500

Doling Family Center, 301 E Talmage Ave., 417-837-5900

Jordan Valley Ice Park’s location and lobby hours vary, but are generally:

Daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

735 E. Trafficway, 417-866-7444

These City of Joplin facilities are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to help citizens keep cool:

Joplin City Hall, 602 South Main

Joplin Health Department, 321 East 4th Street

Dr. Donald Clark Public Safety Center, 303 East 3rd

Joplin Athletic Center, 3010 West 1st Street

Joplin Regional Airport, 7331 North Highway 43.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.