Cooling centers to remain open through Monday as sweltering heat continues in NYC

Posted at 4:43 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 17:00:59-04

NEW YORK — The Office of Emergency Management announced Saturday that cooling centers will remain open through Monday as temperatures climb over 100 degrees.

Cooling centers throughout New York City will have extended hours Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning that is in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday.

The heat index value reached around 105 to 110 degrees in New York City Saturday and will stay around 105 degrees.

“We are asking every New Yorker to take common sense steps to stay safe during this dangerous heat event: look out for your own health, check in on vulnerable neighbors, and set your air conditioning thermostat to 78 degrees to keep cool while also conserving energy,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “And to ensure that every New Yorker has a place to stay cool, the City has opened hundreds of cooling centers this weekend – public places that are open to anyone who needs a place to take a break from the heat and cool off.”

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 about cooling centers in your area.