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Valdosta and Albany provide heat shelters

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –With the heat index hovering around 105 degrees in South Georgia, cities are providing shelters for people to cool off.

Valdosta is offering Mathis Auditorium as a refuge as temperatures and humidity reach dangerous levels.

In Albany the Carver and Henderson recreation centers and the Lockett Station Community Center are open from 9 a-m until 8:30 p-m.

They are air conditioned, and anyone who needs a break from the heat is urged to use them.

Dougherty EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said  "It's a service provided by the city to help protect the citizens of the community when the weather gets to be pretty unbearable."

Forecasters say the heat index could reach 110 degrees in some area this week.

Health officials say some South Georgians are having to do without air conditioning because of economic conditions, so they urge them to use the shelters.

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