The weather lately has been brutally hot and nothing would feel better than going to a local cooling center to splash around and to just have some fun.

According to the Lansing State Journal, cooling centers in Greater Lansing are now open due to extreme temperatures predicted for the rest of the week.

Meteorologists are predicting heat index temperatures will climb toward triple digits by Thursday, and highs are in the low to mid 90's until Thursday.

The city of Lansing is asking people to spend a few hours in a cool place while the weather is this hot.

This is most important for people who work outdoors, small children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

My wife and I could have used one of these cooling centers over the 4th of July weekend. We played miniature golf at Hawk Hollow and it was so hot that I couldn't stop sweating. A cooling center would have been the perfect solution for the both of us.

Free rides to cooling centers are available through CATA and EATRAN to people with a physical or financial need. Masks are required.

Here are a few cooling centers in the Greater Lansing area:

  • Capital Area Salvation Army at 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. Open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Allen Neighborhood Center, 1619 E. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing. Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • St. Johns First Baptist Church at 512 S. Whittemore Street, St. Johns. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more cooling centers around the Greater Lansing area, visit the Lansing State Journal. Have a safe, happy and cool summer!

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