We're facing an entire weekend of high temperatures mixed with intense humidity, set to push the heat index up to over 100. It's going to be a hot one. Like... seven inches from the mid-day sun hot. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory that started today and is expected to last all the way until Monday evening. And as they usually do, the Quincy Salvation Army is opening the Kroc Center as a cooling center during the extreme heat.

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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 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 during normal business hours, any day there is a heat advisory issued. Saturday, they're open 7a-8p, Sunday they're open 9a-6p, and Monday they're open 5a-10p. When you are outside, make sure you've put on some sunscreen.

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.