Cooling center opens in Bridgeport - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cooling center opens in Bridgeport

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City officials opened the cooling center in Bridgeport and are urging residents to use it to beat the heat Friday.

The Greater Bridgeport Transit Main Bus Terminal, located in the 700 block of Water Street, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Connecticut is in the second day of its third heat wave and the temperatures are expected to be in the 90s for the weekend.

"High temperatures and high humidity are a deadly mix, especially for the elderly and those who don't have access to air conditioning," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. "I urge anyone who needs a place to cool off to come to the bus terminal or visit a local senior center or one of our libraries to stay cool today."

People are being advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned environment and stay out of the sun. Residents should avoid prolonged work in the direct sun or in poorly ventilated areas.

The cooling center was opened in conjunction with American Red Cross and Greater Bridgeport Transit.

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