Where to stay cool in Central Illinois during excessive heat warning

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The heat is here, and it’s here to stay for the rest of the week.

Extreme heat and humidity can be life threatening, and with temperatures reaching the upper 90s this week, it’s extremely important to stay hydrated and avoid overheating.

If you’re looking for things to do, Pekin’s Riverfront has a splash pad and a shaded pavilion you can visit if you want to get outside.

“It’s a really nice place for the kids to just come, play, and relax. We don’t have to worry about getting sick or anything, and there’s tons of kids to play with. It’s clean and nice,” said Ashley Pollman who lives in Sunset Hills.

Pollman says it’s a great place to come for an hour.

“The water is perfect, the kids are having fun. There’s tons of parks in the area, we have to choose between like 8 different places. We might go get ice cream later!” Pollman said.

So that’s exactly what we did. We headed to Sweet Cece’s in Junction City where people were relaxing in the air-conditioning and enjoying some frozen yogurt.

“We say we’re the cool place in town, and we want to be that. Our doors are always open, ‘welcome to Sweet Cece’s’ we say,” said Sweet Cece’s owner Carla Yoder.

Yoder says when the heat kicks up people want to kick back, chill out, and enjoy some sweet treats.

“We see a lot of people coming in. People wanna get out of the heat and they wanna come inside. We do have outside seating, but they’re not necessarily outside, they’re inside,” Yoder said.

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