Cooling centers: How to beat the extreme heat this weekend in New York, New Jersey

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The "heat dome" that's recently trapped the United States in sweltering hot and humid air will be hitting New York and the surrounding area this weekend — hard.

A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service anticipates the heat index to go into the high 90s in the five boroughs and a number of New Jersey counties.

With dangerously high temperatures comes an increase of possible health issues, including heat stroke and dehydration.

Ahead of the weekend, here are some pointers on how to keep cool and healthy:

  • Stay in an air conditioned place: It's suggested to not set the thermostat below 78 degrees. If you don't have A/C, open windows and put on fans to let air through your residence, or visit a public building where cooler air is available.
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Even if you're not thirsty, drink lots of fluids — especially water. Avoid drinks high in alcohol, caffeine and sugar.
  • Avoid strenuous activity: Try to avoid as much as you can. If you can't miss that outdoor run this weekend, don't do it during the hottest parts of the day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instead, do it during the coolest parts, usually in the morning from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Protect yourself against the sun: When in the sun, wear lots of sunscreen and a hot to protect your face and head from exposure. Also, go for lightweight, light-colored clothing outdoors that covers as much skin as possible to avoid a burn.
  • Keep updated with weather forecasts: Pay attention to weather forecasts that may have more information as the days go by about updated temperatures. Stay up to date with PIX11's weather.
  • Know symptoms of heat illness: If you or someone you know does exhibit the symptoms, immediately get to a cool place and call 911 or go the hospital. Signs of serious heat illness include: hot dry skin OR cold clammy skin, confusion and disorientation, unconsciousness, vomiting, rapid pulse, weakness, dizziness and light heathens, muscle cramps.
  • Check on your neighbors: Look out for and help the people in your area, especially seniors, young children, people with disabilities, and people who live alone.
  • More information on beating the heat is available on the NYC government website here.

Additionally, many cities will open public cooling centers, places where people can go to escape the heat.

Check the list to see where the nearest cooling center is to you:


There are hundreds of cooling centers available throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, and can be found on the NYC government website here. The feature allows users to search by address or intersection to find the five nearest cooling centers, their contact information and hours. You can also call 311 for information.

Long Island

Bethpage: Bethpage Ice Center, (516) 433-7465.

Brentwood: SCCC Grant Campus - HSE Center, (631) 851-6700.

Massapequa: Marjorie Post Rink, (516) 797-7991.

Riverhead: SCCC Eastern Campus - Peconic Building, (631) 548-2500.

Rockville Centre: Sandel Senior Center, (516) 678-9350.

Selden: SCCC Ammerman - Brookhaven Gym, (631) 451-4000.

Uniondale: Mitchell Field Admin Center, (516) 572-0400.

Woodbury: Syosset Woodbury Ice Rink, (516) 677-5990.

Orange County

A little over a dozen centers are arranged throughout the country at senior centers, town halls, a few churches and even an American Red Cross. Check the list on New York's Department of Health site for the cooling centers nearest to you.

Putnam County

The state has gave ten locations for cooling centers in Putnam County at senior centers, public recreation centers and places of worship for those of any religion. Check the list on New York's Department of Health site for the cooling centers nearest to you.

Rockland County

Various village and town halls, community centers and senior centers — more than 30 locations — are open as cooling centers for the county. Check the list on New York's Department of Health site for the cooling centers nearest to you.

Westchester County

More than 20 community and senior centers and more than 40 public libraries will be open across Westchester. Check the list on New York's Department of Health site for the cooling centers nearest to you.


Bergen County

Ridgewood: Ridgewood Avenue train station

Essex County

Glen Ridge: Glen Ridge Public Library

Nutley: Office of Public Afffairs Commissioner Steven Rogers; Nutley Public Library

Hudson County

More than 20 cooling centers are listed on the New Jersey 211 information site. These locations include libraries, senior centers, and community and recreation centers.

Morris County

Morristown: Morristown Senior Center

Passaic County

Paterson: American Red Cross (Riverside Vets); Paterson Public Library

This site will be updated as more information on cooling centers becomes available.

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