Heat baked the metro-east for another day Thursday and is expected to continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The high temperature climbed to 96 with a heat index of 104, and an excessive heat warning stayed in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.
The average high temperature for late August in the St. Louis metropolitan area is about 88 degrees, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
On Friday the high temperature is expected to be 97 under sunny skies with a heat index of up to 107. The temperature is expected to reach 96 on Saturday and Sunday.
Glen Carbon leaders have announced that the Glen Carbon Police Department Community Room, located at 149 N. Main, will be open as a cooling shelter from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Another cooling shelter will be available in the Glen Carbon Centennial Library, located at 198 S. Main St.. The hours at 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shelter will be closed Sunday.
Belleville police have announced the following cooling sites in Belleville will be open:
* Belleville Public Library, Main Branch, 121 E. Washington St., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
* Belleville Public Library, West Branch, 3414 W. Main St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
* Conqueror's Christian Church, 200 E. Washington St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
* Garden Heights Baptist Church, 1897 Mascoutah Ave., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
* Programs & Services for Older Persons (PSOP), 201 N. Church St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
* Redeemers House of Worship, 7410 Westchester Drive, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
* Trinity United Church of Christ, 47 N. Douglas Ave., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.