We're facing almost a week long run of high temperatures this coming week. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Wednesday the 19th through Saturday the 22nd with temperatures hitting triple digits and extreme humidity. The Quincy Salvation Army is opening the Kroc Center as a cooling center on extremely hot days.


It can seem easy to avoid the heat, like staying indoors, but it's just too darn nice to stay cooped up inside like you did all winter, so you venture out. You've got your hat, your light, breathable clothing, you stick to the shade you can find, and you stay hydrated. But as Robert Burns wrote, "the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew." Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you and grab you when you least expect it.

So if you find yourself in Downtown Quincy, in desperate need of a cool down, head on into the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont and take a quick break from the oven that is the great outdoors. This service is available seven days a week, any day there is a heat advisory issued. If there is an upside to a head advisory, it gives me an excuse to share this commercial, which was on constant rotation back when I was a kid:

For more information your health and how it's affected by the extreme heat, the Centers for Disease Control has a handy chart for symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke, and what to do in each scenario.