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Places to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Aside from the thousands of books, dvds, and unlimited free internet, folks are pouring into the Cedar Rapids public library to soak up something more than just knowledgeair conditioning.
"Come inside, stay in the cool, said Sid Harris who camped out in the library for more than two hours.
High humidity plus 90 degree temps are sending many flocking to indoor -air conditioned places to retreat.
Library staff says theyve had double the amount of customers than normal Thursday, spending twice the time on computers and camping out.
"Basically you run from air conditioning to air conditioning and suffer outside as little as possible," said Jennifer Hamann.
And just in case the air conditioning at the YMCA doesn't keep things cool enough, they've got high-powered fans pumping cool air as a backup.
"We want to be sure that if people are overheated that they do have a place to stop in, sit down, cool off, get a drink of water," said Todd Hirst, marketing manager of the YMCA.
With no designated cooling centers in Cedar Rapids, folks will take all the relief they can get.