City officials open cooling centers, offer tips to stay cool

Mayor Jorge Elorza

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The city of Providence is urging residents to stay safe this summer as temperatures soar.                 

Mayor Jorge Elorza and the city's Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that several cooling centers would be open throughout the city for those seeking refuge from the heat.        

Several community centers and branches of the city library are among the cooling center locations.

Temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s were reported in the state Monday afternoon.

Officials say residents should stay indoors as much as possible and limit sun exposure.           

They emphasized that children and pets should not be left in cars.

They also warned people not to open fire hydrants to cool down, because it's against the law.

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