City takes measures to keep you cool in extreme heat

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There's only one word to describe it.

"Hot.  It felt like a wet blanket when we got out of the car," says Laura Shields.

Drive around town and they're not hard to miss--signs at local businesses pointing out just how high the temperature has climbed.

"We've been a hundred plus degrees for a couple days now, and it looks like we may go further," says Steve Jones, Director for the Montgomery EMA.

Jones says the city's taking an active role in helping you keep cool.

"We have community centers and libraries throughout the city where you are more than welcome to come in, get a break from the heat, and come in there and cool off in those areas."

Jones says the city is also considering 24-hour shelters.

But it would take temperatures in the 80's at night before they'll open.

"Right now, we're not at that. It's cooling off in the evenings. I think we're getting down in the mid-70s in the evenings. But the daytime hours are what we're really worried about."

Still Shields is getting away altogether.

"Going to the mountains, going for cooler air."

The libraries and community centers are open during regular business hours.

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