Heat Prompts RI Officials to Urge Caution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Officials in Rhode Island are urging residents to find ways to keep cool as temperatures climb across the state, with a high in the lower 90s predicted for Providence.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to take extra caution to keep cool and hydrated. Buses and trolleys will be free in the Ocean State Wednesday.

In Providence, the mayor's office has arranged for city community centers and libraries to be used as public “cooling shelters.” On Thursday, the Salvation Army is planning to open an outdoor cooling station outside city hall as even higher temperatures in the mid-90s are forecast.

The state's Department of Environmental Management says a rise in smog due to the warm weather is expected to cause air quality to fall to unhealthful levels Wednesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)