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Beat the heat: NYC cooling centers, misting sites open amid 90-degree temps

Hot Weather New York
Posted at 8:42 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 22:40:32-04

NEW YORK — Whether it’s at a beach, pool, cooling center or in the comfort of an air-conditioned home, officials across the tri-state area are urging residents to stay cool on Monday as stifling heat grips the region for a third day.

The first heat wave of the summer for much of the region arrived Monday as the temperature rose above 90 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The humidity could make it feel close to 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

In New York City, officials have taken several steps to help residents beat the heat.

More than 230 cooling and misting sites are operational in parks and neighborhoods. To find a public outdoor water feature near you, click here.

Over 160 cooling centers — air-conditioned public facilities such as senior centers and libraries — are also open Monday. To find a cooling center near you, click here.

Face coverings and social distancing are required inside cooling centers due to COVID-19.

The city has also installed spray caps on over 300 fire hydrants in neighborhood streets.

The National Weather Service issued the Heat Advisory until 8 p.m. Monday for northeast New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and southeast Connecticut.

An Excessive Heat Warning was issued for southeastern New Jersey until 8 p.m. Monday, as the heat index could make it feel up to 109 degrees in some areas.

There are also air quality warnings for New York City Sunday and most of northern New Jersey Monday. Children and adults, especially people with respiratory problems such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outside, according to the NYC Emergency Management Department.

The extreme heat is expected to stick around through Tuesday before cooler temperatures swoop in.