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Officials urge Michigan residents to find ways to stay cool this summer

A stand-alone prison camp in West Virginia for females, FPC Alderson was home to Martha Stewart when she served five months for lying to investigators about a stock sale. Inmates may swim in the pool, or participate in talent shows and game shows.
A stand-alone prison camp in West Virginia for females, FPC Alderson was home to Martha Stewart when she served five months for lying to investigators about a stock sale. Inmates may swim in the pool, or participate in talent shows and game shows. (Michel Meynsbrughen/SXC)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Officials in Grand Rapids are encouraging people to use the city's pools and water playgrounds as a way to stay cool amid high temperatures and humidity.

The western Michigan city says pools and water playgrounds are open daily. Temperatures will be in the 90s in parts of Michigan through the weekend, but forecasters say it could feel hotter.

READ: Find a cooling center in Metro Detroit here

The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. Severe thunderstorms are possible in places, including the Upper Peninsula.

Officials want people to find ways to stay cool. In Kalamazoo, an emergency cooling center is ready if needed at a community center.

In southeastern Michigan, the public school district in Detroit planned to close many schools by 11 a.m. on Thursday due to the heat.

Check Local 4's weather page for regular updates on the heat index in your area.