City Opens Cooling Station as Place to Escape Heat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham has an answer to the heat wave that has gripped Alabama this weekend - it's called a cooling station.

The Birmingham News reported that the city has opened Boutwell Auditorium in the downtown area Saturday and Sunday.

City officials told The Birmingham News the cooling station is intended to give people a place to get out of the heat, drink some cold water and

The director of the Mayor's Office of Citizen's Assistance, said people are allowed to come and go as they please while Boutwell is open.

High temperatures in Birmingham over the weekend were expected to reach about 98 degrees.

Volunteers from Mission Birmingham were expected to hand out ice cream at Boutwell on Saturday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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