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Hot, hot, hotter - where can you find heat relief?

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By The Staff

Temperatures are starting to rise again. The heat is back. How can homeowners fight the heat and save money on air conditioning?

In order for the Northern Kentucky Health Department to declare a heat alert there has to be one of three things: two consecutive days with temperatures at 95 degrees or above, one day with temperatures at 105 degrees or above, or one day with temperatures at 95 degrees or above when the night temperatures don’t go below 75 degrees.

For a heat emergency there needs to be either four days with temperatures at 95 degrees or above, or two days with temperatures at 95 degrees above when the night temperatures don’t go below 75 degrees.

During a heat alert or emergency, people are advised to stay in a building with air conditioning, Emily Gresham Wherle, public information manager for Northern Kentucky Health Department, said. During the week people should take advantage of the air conditioning in health departments and during weekends people should go to public places such as the mall or supermarket.

Cool shelters in Grant County include the Northern Kentucky Health Department on Barnes Road and State of Kentucky Health Services Cabinet on Main Street, both in Williamstown.