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Requests for air conditioners, fans rise

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The extreme heat is also causing problems for people without air conditioning.

“We have received several requests for fans and have given out quite a few. We do have a few left,” said Barbara McClure,  with the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission – Grant County Neighborhood Center.

McClure said she had also several calls requesting air conditioners but she said she refers those calls to St. Vincent de Paul.
“If there’s a medical condition then they may be able to help them with an air conditioner, but that’s just something we don’t have,” McClure said.

The CAC office on Main Street in Williamstown is also a cool center where people can come in out of the heat.

“We open it in the summer to people to get out of the heat and in the winter for people to get out of the cold,” McClure said.

By mid-week, temperatures will drop, but only by a few degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, the heat wave that has gripped Kentucky for the last couple of weeks will get better, if only by a dip into the mid-90s by July 4.

A series of thunderstorms moved through the area over the weekend causing minor issues, but not bringing rain or cooler temperatures.
Several cities in Kentucky topped out at more than 100 degrees on July 1. According to Kentucky Mesonet, a series of small, automated weather stations around  the state operated by Western Kentucky University, Madisonville had the state’s highest temperature at 106 degrees, followed by Greenville with 105, and Cadiz, Hartford and Calhoun with 104 degrees.