Statement issued Thursday by the city of Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – In addition to its pools and splash pads, the City of Fort Wayne is offering options – in the form of cooling centers and community sprays – for residents looking to beat the extreme heat and humidity this week.
So far, nearly 175 residents have taken advantage of the two city cooling centers opened on Monday to provide heat relief for residents with inadequate cooling systems at their homes. More than 70 people stopped by cooling centers at the City Parks and Recreation Department Community Center and the Public Safety Academy today.
The Fire Department is working with the Parks and Recreation Department to perform “wet downs” or spraying sessions at area parks today. Those events were open to the public and took place from 12:15 to 5 p.m.
The Community Center, at 233 W. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing (located behind the Wal-Mart and Menards, off US 27), will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. this week.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Fort Wayne area that will remain in place until 8 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach 99 degrees today and 96 degrees Friday, with a heat index that could reach as high as 115 degrees.