5:16pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Coping With Lexington's Excessive Heat

With an excessive heat warning in effect for Lexington and all of central Kentucky, residents are taking every opportunity to cool off. Normally, at this time of the year, the Lafayette High School Marching Band practice field would be filled with the sound of snare drums, rustling flags, and metronomes... but not today. Shannon Clark, color guard instructor, says it's hard work staying outdoors.

"We had to come in," she says. 

Every day of band camp organizers take a special heat gauge out onto the pavement. A reading of 110 means the whole operation moves inside. Beating the heat often means scheduling around it. 

"We'll start practicing in the evenings next week," she says. 

Down the road, pool-goers battle for parking spaces at the Southland Aquatic Center. It's half past noon, the mercury is pushing 92, and Michael Rollins is taking a break from the water. 

"This hundred degree weather is for the birds," Rollins says. 

Rollins, a general contractor, says he can see the heat taking its toll on his workers. "That second or third day, you could tell that the guys are just worn out, beat down," he says. 

It those sorts of comments that have government officials on guard. John Bobel with the Lexington Division of Emergency Management: "We're watching the situation closely. We want people to stay cool and do the right thing." 

The hours for cooling stations around the city have been extended and pool admission will be discounted through Saturday, when the heat warning is expected to be lifted.