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NYC cooling centers to remain open through Thursday as extreme heat continues

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NEW YORK — City officials announced Tuesday they will keep cooling centers open through Thursday as high temperatures continue to scorch the tri-state area.

“We are experiencing an extended stretch of hot weather that continues to be dangerous to vulnerable New Yorkers,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Make sure you use air conditioning or visit a cooling center, and drink lots of water. If you exercise or walk your pets, do it early in the morning.”

New Yorkers can find air-conditioned facilities to beat the heat by visiting the NYC Emergency Management's Cooling Center Finder.

Cooling centers will have extended hours Tuesday with many locations open through 6 p.m.

An extreme heat event is defined as having a heat index, which accounts for both temperature and humidity, reaching 95 degrees or higher for two consecutive days or over 100 for one or more days.