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Everything you need to know about NYC, NJ cooling centers

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 14:39:25-04

When bracing for extreme heat, temperatures can be especially dangerous for those with certain health conditions or without access air conditioning or cool environments.

New York City opens cooling centers in public buildings to provide a safe space for New Yorkers to get some relief from the heat.

According to the city's website, sites where cooling centers are located include:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • NYCHA facilities

Find your local cooling center here.

Extreme heat in the city can be 10 degrees warmer than surrounding areas due to the "urban heat island" effect, which occurs as the asphalt, concrete and metal in the city traps the heat.

City officials advise New Yorkers "should use a cooling center during a heat wave if you have no access to a cool environment, and particularly if you are at risk for heat-related illness." An "official" heat wave is considered to be three or more consecutive days with the temperature reaching 90 degrees or greater.

New Jersey officials also recommend people visit libraries, shopping malls, recreation centers, senior centers, and municipal buildings during hotter days. You can click here for a full list of official cooling centers.