Cooling centers open during air quality alert - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cooling centers open during air quality alert

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Cooling centers are open in Hartford today as the state deals with hot and humid weather (WFSB). Cooling centers are open in Hartford today as the state deals with hot and humid weather (WFSB).
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Parts of the state are under an air quality alert for Friday due to what's expected to be another day of oppressive heat.

Cooling centers will be opening to help residents cool down on what could be the hottest day of the week.

The city of Hartford said it is doing its part to try to keep people cool by opening cooling centers like the Parkville Senior Center.

Mayor Luke Bronin urged people to stay inside if they can or go somewhere with air conditioning.

"The weather's going to be very hot and humid over the next couple of days, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city," Bronin said. "Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat." 

Firefighters will be out giving cold water to people waiting at bus stops and libraries. Pools are also available to help everyone beat the heat.

Be sure to stay hydrated. Experts suggested that people drink a glass of water as soon as they get up, and then every two or three hours throughout the day.

A good way to remember is to drink water every time you eat. Experts said people should wear light weight clothing if they go outside.

Here's the list of cities and towns that have opened centers:

Hartford

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry St., 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Ave., 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Ave., 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • All Hartford Public Library locations until 5 p.m.

Ellington

Town officers, 55 Main St.

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