MARION, S.C. (WBTW) — With temperatures hovering near 100 degrees across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, the city of Marion has opened a cooling center to help residents stay out of the sweltering heat.

The city announced Monday in a Facebook post that the Shannon Wilkerson gym would be opening at noon to give “residents that don’t have AC or that are displaced” a safe place to go to get out of the heat.

News13 meteorologist James Hopkins said Tuesday that an excessive heat warning is in effect away from the coast where high temperatures topping 100 degrees will break records. Heat index values will top 110 in many areas.

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A heat advisory is in effect for the beaches with highs expected to climb to the mid-90s with a heat index of 105 or higher.

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