- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Extreme heat is prompting changes in summer outdoor activities scheduled for this week and cooling shelters have been organized to help anyone who needs an escape into air conditioning.

The Metro Arts Alliance in Des Moines canceled outdoor Jazz in July concerts scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Polk County Emergency Management coordinators say nearly 30 cooling centers are available at libraries, community centers and other public buildings around the Des Moines area.

Other cities around the state announced similar cooling centers.

An excessive heat warning lasts through Saturday as temperatures and humidity combine to make the air feel like 105 to 115 degrees, conditions that place people and animals at risk.

The weather service says an average of 130 people die each year from heat-related illnesses in the U.S.

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