Maine opens cooling centers as officials urge people to be cautious ahead of extreme heat

Officials in Maine are telling people across the state to be aware and cautious ahead of extreme heat that will bring temperatures into the 90s in most locations through Thursday.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said in a statement Monday that the heat index is expected to rise above 95 degrees for many areas throughout the state and could reach the low 100s on Wednesday and Thursday.

Officials recommend using home air conditioning or going to a public place with air conditioning, such as a cooling center.

The state opened multiple cooling centers in Piscataquis, Cumberland, Oxford and York Counties on Tuesday. Many of them will stay open through Friday

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