Free public pools open in NYC as possible heat wave looms

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NEW YORK — New York City’s free outdoor public pools opened for the season on Saturday.

Pools will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a break for cleaning from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. New Yorkers can visit the Parks Department website for more information specific to their local pool.

While most public pools will open at full capacity, summer swim programs are still on hold. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Parks Department’s ability to hire and train enough lifeguards to allow for swim programs.

For the full seven-day forecast, click here

The opening of public pools came just in time, as the city faces the possibility of another heat wave. A heat wave is declared when temperatures reach 90 degrees or above for three consecutive days.

Temperatures were expected to soar into the 90s by Sunday or Monday and the heat was forecast to stick around through at least Wednesday. The humidity will make it feel even hotter.

New York City Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani said the city’s cooling centers would open on Sunday in preparation for the possible heat wave. However, not all libraries and senior centers will be available. 

After cooling centers are activated, you can find the nearest location via an interactive online map.

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