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July 15, 2024 1:50 am

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Cooling Stations Open Across Western North Carolina as Temperatures Soar

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With temperatures expected to reach nearly 100 degrees this weekend, several cities in Western North Carolina have established cooling stations to provide relief from the extreme heat. This measure is particularly important for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, young children, and individuals with chronic health conditions.

In Durham County, the main library and its four regional branches will serve as cooling centers from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Urban Ministries will open its doors on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, in Cumberland County, the Department of Social Services and Public Health will offer their lobbies for respite from the heat. Wake County Public Libraries will also extend their hours to accommodate residents seeking refuge from the sweltering temperatures.