The Salvation Army of Jefferson City has opened its Center of Hope as a daytime cooling center after the Excessive Heat Advisory issued by the National Weather Service, with operation guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the facility.
The center at 927 Jefferson St. is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can provide hydration, snacks, meals and overnight shelter if necessary.
Cooling center locations are activated when a Heat Advisory is issued, which is when the Heat Index is expected to reach 105 degrees or temperature reach 100 degrees. A Heat Warning is issued when the heat index is expected to reach 110 degrees for two consecutive days without dropping below 75 degrees, or if a Heat Advisory is expected to last four or more days.
Central Missouri should begin to see slightly cooler air and less humidity starting next week, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis. Although high temperatures this weekend and through Monday will stay in the 90s, forecasters said humidity levels should go down and a cold front coming in Tuesday should bring more relief.
The Salvation Army Corps operates cooling centers in collaboration with local coalitions.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also lists the Clarke Senior Center on Linden Drive in Jefferson City as a cooling center during its normal hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.