Local Cities and Towns Open Cooling Centers

Cities and towns across New England are opening AC-equipped facilities to the public. ABC6 Reporter Erica Ricci has more…


For information on your local cooling centers, contact your city or town hall.


East Providence Cooling Centers

The East Providence Senior Center, located at 610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, will be open until 8PM Tuesday and will be open from 8AM until 8PM Wednesday night as a cooling center.


Cranston Cooling Centers

CRANSTON, R.I. — City residents are urged to go to the Senior Center or the Central Library Tuesday and Wednesday to escape the heat.

The city's lone swimming pool, the Budlong pool, did not reopen this year due to financial constraints. The pool was also damaged during the March floods.

The senior center, located at 1070 Cranston St., is the city's unofficial cooling center, having both air conditioning and ability to serve food and drinks.

The center is scheduled to close at 6 p.m., its regular hour, but city officials may keep it open if power failures are reported, said Robin Muksian-Schutt, director of administration.

The Central Library, at 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd., will be open through 8 p.m. Wednesday the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The senior center is to reopen Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.


New Bedford Cooling Centers

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Due to the unseasonably hot weather conditions and an air quality alert in effect for the greater New Bedford area, the City of New Bedford Department of Emergency Management has designated several city buildings as cooling centers for Tuesday, July 6, 2010.  

Tuesday, the following air-conditioned locations will provide a cool place for anyone looking to escape the hot weather conditions:

Main/Downtown Library 613 Pleasant Street                            

Open until 9:00pm

Casa da Saudade Library                58 Crapo Street                                   

Open 12:00pm (Noon) to 8:00pm

Lawler Library                                  745 Rockdale Avenue                       

Open 12:00pm (Noon) to 8:00pm

Wilks Library                                     1911 Acushnet Avenue                     

Open 12:00pm (Noon) to 8:00pm

Howland Green Library                  3 Rodney French Boulevard            

Open 12:00pm (Noon) to 8:00pm

All senior citizens and disabled citizens in New Bedford are encouraged to go to any of the following Senior Centers to seek refuge from the heat:

Brooklawn Senior Center, North   1997 Acushnet Avenue                     

Open until 8:00pm

Buttonwood Senior Center, West   1 Oneida Street                                   

Open until 3:30pm

Downtown Senior Center                 560 Pleasant Street                                            

Open until 3:00pm

Hazelwood Senior Center, South   553 Brock Avenue                                             

Open until 8:00pm

Ashley Senior Center, South            543 Rivet Street/Goulart Square     

Open until 3:00pm

If any elder or disabled individuals needs a ride to one of the centers, please call 508-991-6250 before 2:00pm to schedule a ride. For those who are deaf and hard of hearing, please call 508-979-1661 before 2:00pm.  After 2:00pm call RELAY at 1-800-439-2370.  Please remember to bring any medications with you and special food items with you to the center.

The weather forecast for the greater New Bedford area calls for temperatures reaching the lower 90's, with heat index values will reaching 100 to 104 degrees for several hours this afternoon.  The heat index is “how hot it feels,” when combining the air temperature with humidity.  

City public safety and health officials offer the following tips for everyone to follow during hot, humid weather:

· Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

· Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

· Slow down. Limit prolonged, strenuous outdoor activity.

· Stay indoors or avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. Spend time in air-conditioned places to reduce danger from the heat.

· Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

· Eat small meals and eat more often.

· Be sure pets are given plenty of water.

· Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly and persons with respiratory problems.

Providence Coolings Centers

PROVIDENCE – With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures above 100 degrees, Mayor David N. Cicilline and Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Peter T. Gaynor announced additional safety measures the City is taking to protect residents from the excessive heat.

The City is advising residents to take the following safety precautions:

§       Do not leave children or pets in cars unattended because the temperatures in closed cars will far exceed the outdoor temperature.

§       Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat.

§       Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

§       Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.

§       Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

§       Stay indoors when possible.

§       Check on your neighbors who are most at risk; especially the elderly and small children.

§       Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, are showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!

§       In an emergency situation, residents should always call 911.

Cooling Shelters

PEMA has opened two cooling centers at the following schools:

Providence Career and Technical Academy Auditorium
(Corner of Fricker and Cranston streets)

Alvarez High School Cafeteria
(375 Adelaide Avenue)

Library Branches

Residents may also seek shelter at the following Providence Community Library branches:

Fox Point Library | get directions
90 Ives Street
Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 PM
Tuesday 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Mt. Pleasant Library | get directions
315 Academy Avenue
Monday & Tuesday 1:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 am – 6:00 PM
Friday 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 PM
Olneyville Library | get directions
1 Olneyville Square
Monday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:30 PM
Wednesday 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Rochambeau Library | get directions
708 Hope Street
Monday & Thursday 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30 am – 6:00 PM
Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 PM
South Providence Library | get directions
441 Prairie Avenue
Monday, Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 PM
Wanskuck Library | get directions
233 Veazie Street
Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Washington Park Library | get directions
1316 Broad Street
Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 PM

Water Parks Hours Extended

The City has extended the hours at the Department of Parks and Recreation's nine water parks, which open at noon, until 8pm:

Al Carrington Water Park – at Richardson Park
64 Richardson Street
(Corner of Richardson Street & Prairie Ave)

Sackett Street Water Park
110 Sackett Street

(Across from Sackett Street Recreation Center)

§       Harriet & Sayles Water Park
375 Sayles Street

(Corner of Harriet & Sayles Streets)

§       General St Water Park

11 West Drive

(Off Admiral Street)

§       George West Water Park

1266 Chalkstone Ave

(Corner of Chalkstone & Mt Pleasant Ave)

§       Fargnoli Water Park

945 Smith Street

(Close to Academy Ave)

§       Fox Point Water Park – at Cabral Park
505 Wickenden Street

(Next to Vartan Gregorian School)

§       Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park
675 Plainfield Street

(Near Killingly Street)

§       Pleasant Street Water Park
34 Pleasant Street

(Off North Main Street – near Doyle Ave)

Mayor's Office of Senior Services

The Mayor's Office of Senior Services continues to be available to residents to refer them to the resources they need.   The Office of Neighborhood Services can be reached at 421-2489.

Warwick Cooling Centers

WARWICK – Mayor Scott Avedisian said today that there are several public, air-conditioned buildings open and available for residents seeking relief from the extreme heat.

Today and tomorrow, residents can go to the Buttonwoods Community Center, 3027 West Shore Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The air conditioning at the Pilgrim Senior Center has malfunctioned. Although crews are working to fix the problem as quickly as possible, residents are advised that the facility will not be available for the remainder of the day.

The Warburton ice rink, at 975 Sandy Lane, will be open both days until 10 p.m.

McDermott Pool, in the same complex, is open and on regular operating schedule.

The city's beaches are also open, with lifeguards on duty until 6 p.m.: Oakland Beach; Conimicut Point; Gorton Pond; and Buttonwoods' City Park.

Avedisian is also encouraging residents to follow the state Department of Health's recommendations: stay out of the direct sun; seek shaded or air conditioned areas; drink plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine; wear light-colored, light-weight clothing; check on individuals, such as the elderly, young children and those with health concerns, to assure their well being; use sunscreen; wear hats with brims for added protection from the sun; and seek immediate attention for anyone showing signs of heat stroke (altered mental state, not sweating, nausea).


Johnston Cooling Centers

Johnston has opened a cooling station at the senior center, 1291 Hartford Ave., until 10PM with the same schedule Wednesday.


North Providence Cooling Centers

North providence hasn't implemented any official cooling centers at this time. However, the senior center is opened if people need to cool down. The address is 2 Atlantic Boulevard, North Providence.


Taunton Cooling Centers

Taunton hasn't implemented anything at this time, however, all senior centers are open on regular schedule for anyone needing a break from the heat.