Fulton has places to chill as temps climb

Temperatures continue to soar in mid-Missouri, and some area residents need places to go to beat the heat.

According to the National Weather Service, Fulton and Callaway County will see highs of 94 degrees today and 96 Friday, with heat index values as high as 100 degrees. The forecast for Saturday is a bit cooler, with a high near 90 and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Callaway County Emergency Management Director Michelle Kidwell said Wednesday afternoon she has not yet seen any official heat warnings from the National Weather Service, but said there are a number of places to go for those who do not have a way to stay cool at home.

“They’re not really official cooling centers, but the senior center, the library, the courthouse, city hall and the county health department are always places we tell people they can go,” Kidwell said. “We also always encourage people to do their shopping and take advantage of the air conditioning at the store during the hottest part of the day.”

Here are some locations around Fulton that are open to the public as the temperatures rise:

• Callaway Senior Center, 531 Commons Drive, open 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• Callaway County Public Library, 710 Court St., open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

• Callaway County Court House, 10 E. Fifth St., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• Fulton City Hall, 18 E. Fourth St., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• John C. Harris Community Center, 350 Sycamore St., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

• Oestriech Swimming Pool, located next to Fulton High School at 2 Hornet Drive, open noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Entry is $5 for adults, $4 for students K-12, $2 for children 5 and under and $4 for seniors.

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