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Health officials open cooling centers across region

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Darla Bates of Arnold, MO sprays friend Randy Albin of Evansville, IN with cold water as the two sit in 98 degree temperatures Thursday at Busch Stadium. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued an excessive heat warning through 7 p.m. Sunday.

Operation Weather Survival is running 50 cooling centers on the Missouri side of the region and 18 in Illinois.

Sandra Knepp with the St. Louis Health Department says some homeless shelters are staying open in the daytime:

"We have the Salvation Army, a lot of the senior centers they're all staying open," Knepp says. "And what we've decided to do is to keep the cooling centers open until after the heat advisory ends.

A total of 43 heat-related injuries have been reported in the St. Louis area since June 1.

Click here to link to a list of cooling sites.

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