Hartford, South Windsor and Bridgeport officials opened cooling centers to help residents get some relief from the heat in Sunday.
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch announced he would open up cooling stations in response to the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service. The public could take advantage of the stations as a place to cool off in air conditioning and escape the daytime heat.
One station will be opened at the Bridgeport Public Library at 925 Broad Street from 1-5 p.m. and a second one at the Greater Bridgeport Transit station at 710 Water Street from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
In South Windsor, the community center, located at 150 Nevers Rd., was also opened at noon for residents to stay cool. The center will remain open until 10 p.m.
There is also a cooling tent at the Hartford Jazz Festival for the reminder of the event. More cooling centers, which will be open from noon to 5 p.m., are expected to open on Monday in the capital city at the following locations:
The centers are open to all residents of that town/city. Anyone, who may not have access to an air conditioner, is urged to use one of the facilities. Anyone in need of a shelter or resources outside of those two towns is advised to call 211.
Officials also encouraged people to wear loose fitting clothing, avoid being in the sun for long periods of time and staying hydrated. People were assisted to check on their neighbors as well.
The Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center will also continue to monitor the heat and air quality. The city has additional details on how to stay cool and avoid the heat on their website here.
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