Triple-digit temperatures in Southwest Missouri forced many people inside, but for people without air conditioning, even indoors was unbearable.

"Miserable, it's just miserable," Dale, a Springfield resident said. "You just can't rest even at night with that kind of temperatures.'

Dale does not have air conditioning, and the high temperatures puts him at risk for heat exhaustion or heatstroke, something familiar to Dale. 

"When you get heatstroke you feel lightheaded, dizzy, you pass out from it pretty quick," he said.

The Salvation Army opened a cooling center on Friday, so people like Dale have a place to go when it gets too hot.

"Anytime the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or excessive heat warning, the Salvation Army opens a cooling center for those who need relief from the heat," Salvation Army worker Jeff Smith said.

The cooling center isn't the only service the salvation army gives out when the temperature goes up.

"During the week if people need fans they can call our emergency social services casework office and we'll give them out," Smith said. "It's been a little bit of a cooler summer but anytime we got hot like this we start getting the calls for fans."

Dale said he was very grateful for all of the Salvation Army's help.

"It's a blessing," Dale said.

The cooling center is open until Monday at 7:00 p.m., when the heat advisory expires. It will remain open if the heat advisory is extended beyond Monday.