Cooling centers will be opening in Columbia County next week, with temperatures predicted to be in the 90s all week.
The city of Columbus will turn its senior center into a cooling shelter starting on Monday. The senior center is located at 125 N. Dickason Blvd. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cooling shelter is open to anyone who needs protection from the extreme heat.
Another shelter will be open at the Poynette Village hall. That center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday and going through Friday.
Officials ask everyone to bring their own water and food. Televisions will be available, but people are encouraged to bring books, games and cards.
No pets will be allowed in either shelter.