During NYC’s heat wave, find a cooling center near you

Posted On Wed, July 17, 2019 By

Posted On Wed, July 17, 2019 By In City Living

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The year’s first heatwave is expected to hit New York City this weekend, with temperatures reaching over 95 degrees for three days. While officials predict it won’t last as long as the city’s longest heatwave in August 1953, which persisted for 12 insufferable days, this weekend’s temperatures, with a heat index over 105 degrees, will be the hottest felt in NYC in the last seven years. The city on Wednesday opened roughly 500 cooling centers across the five boroughs to provide relief to those who are most vulnerable during the heatwave. And with this interactive map, you can find all of the air-conditioned public facilities in your neighborhood.

“Extreme heat is dangerous, period,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Wednesday. “I urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution this weekend as temperatures near 100. Look out for your neighbors, friends and family and call 311 to find a cooling center. We are deploying all resources at our disposal to ensure New Yorkers remain safe and cool during extreme heat.”

The city’s cooling centers will be open July 17 until July 21. Public libraries, community facilities, and senior centers, and other sites will offer a spot to cool off. Those without air conditioning in their homes, the elderly, and those who are pregnant are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

To find a cooling center near you, just enter your address or intersection into the map’s search bar. The map labels all cooling centers, with those that are totally accessible marked with a wheelchair. The interactive map can be found here.

Other places to beat this heat for free this week include spray showers at the city’s parks and playgroundspublic pools (with hours extended to 8 p.m.), and beaches (open late until 7 p.m.), whether in NYC or sandy shores just outside of the city. And those 18 and older can ask your local firehouse to uncap a fire hydrant and have it fitted spray cap, one way New Yorkers have been cooling off since 1896.

For more information about the locations and hours of operation for cooling centers, contact 311. Find more health and safety tips to protect against extreme heat here.

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