NWS issues excessive heat watch

Cooling centers will be open in Trumbull

WARREN — Cooling centers will be opened this weekend as the National Weather Service in Cleveland issued an excessive heat watch for the area on Wednesday.

The watch is in effect Friday afternoon to Saturday evening, when temperatures could reach the mid- to upper-90s.

Because of the threat of increasing temperatures and humidity levels across the area, the Salvation Army of Warren, 270 Franklin St. SE, will be opening a cooling center 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Friday. The public can stop at the Salvation Army to cool off.

The Vienna Township Fire Department, 833 Youngstown Kingsville Road, will be turned into a cooling station Friday and Saturday for anyone who needs relief from the heat, said township trustee Phil Pegg.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 95 degrees both days, with heat indexes that could reach into the lower-100s and dewpoints in the lower-70s.

Pegg said the fire station will open its doors at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday and will be open until dark.

The National Weather Service states the excessive heat watch will include hot and humid conditions Friday and Saturday in Portage, Trumbull and Mahoning counties, including the cities of Ravenna, Warren and Youngstown.

The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.