Heat, humidity open cooling centers in Providence, air quality alert in effect

The heat and humidity that's coming our way has triggered an early air-quality alert this morning. The Department of Environmental Management has issued a warning that the air will be unhealthy to breathe

So, you're encouraged to stay indoors and limit outside activities. RIPTA will be giving free bus and trolley rides to help reduce emissions into the Ozone.

Providence is taking some special precautions to help protect people from the heat, opening up cooling centers across the city.

On Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, the Salvation Army will operate a cooling station from 12-3PM in Kennedy Plaza across the street from Providence City Hall.

Cooling Shelters:

PEMA has identified locations that can also be utilized as cooling centers:

Federal Hill House

9 Courtland Street

6:30am – 6pm 

Silver Lake Annex Multi- Purpose Community Center

529 Plainfield Street

6:30am – 5pm

Joslin Community Development Corporation

231 Amherst Street

9am- 5pm

Nickerson Community Center

133 Delaine Street

9am – 5pm 

Capitol Community Center

110 Ruggles Street

7am – 5pm 

Davinci Center for Community Progress

470 Charles Street

8:30am -4:30pm

West End Community Center

109 Bucklin Street

9am – 5:30pm 

Jewish Community Center

409 Elmgrove Avenue

Wednesday and Thursday 5am-9pm

Friday 5am-6pm


Library Branches:

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

Fox Point Library

90 Ives Street

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm 

Mt. Pleasant Library

315 Academy Avenue

Wednesday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Friday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Olneyville Library

Olneyville Square

Wednesday 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm 

Rochambeau Library

708 Hope Street

Wednesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

South Providence Library

441 Prairie Avenue

Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Wanskuck Library

233 Veazie Street

Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm 

Washington Park Library

1316 Broad Street

Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Unfortunately, if you wanted to hit one of the city's public pools to cool down you won't be able to. The pools aren't scheduled to open until july 2nd.