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Need a break from extreme heat? Richmond offers these spots for cooling down

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 12:32:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Officials are offering Richmond's public libraries and social services building for those who need shelter from the extreme heat, which has prompted a heat advisory Sunday afternoon.

Temps will soar Sunday afternoon between 95 to 100° across the region. But it will feel over 100° because of the combination of heat and humidity.

Folks who need to cool down can head to the Richmond Social Services Marshall Plaza Building at 900 E. Marshall Street. It will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

"All citizens must wear face coverings while in the building and maintain a safe physical distance of six feet from others," officials cautioned. "Seating will be arranged for the appropriate social distancing."

Only service animals are permitted, officials said.

Additionally, Richmond Public Libraries are open to the public with limited hours, officials said. Click here for a list of which ones are open.

"All patrons and library employees are required to wear masks and maintain a safe physical distance of six feet from others at all times," officials said. "If you have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter the building."

Residents can call the city’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office at 804-646-7046 for info about cooling assistance services.

Additionally, elderly residents with cooling-related issues can call Adult Services at 804-646-7367.

Call 911 in the event of a heat related emergency, officials urged.

Monday will be even hotter

A heat advisory is in effect for the entire CBS 6 viewing area into Sunday evening, and another advisory will be in place for Monday.

High temperatures Sunday afternoon will reach 95 to 100° across the region. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel over 100°.

Monday will be even hotter with high temperatures near 100° and a heat index surpassing 105°. Some areas may see a heat index in excess of 110°.

The heat advisory is in effect since this is a dangerous combination of heat and humidity. Make sure to stay in air-conditioned places as much as possible.
Official temperatures and heat index values are taken in the shade, so it will be even hotter in the direct sunshine.

The heat will ease slightly for Tuesday through Thursday, but highs will still be in the low to mid 90s, and the heat index will be near or above 100°.

A cold front may bring a drop in the heat and humidity for Friday, but even so, highs will still be near 90°.

Next weekend, highs in the low to mid 90s are expected.