New Hampshire Opens Cooling Centers to Help Residents Deal with Extreme Heat

From the New Hampshire Register:

Cooling centers were open in cities and towns across the state Friday as Connecticut braced for another brutal heat wave that will include high humidity and could bring more thunderstorms.

The moves came as the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the entire state except for part of northern Litchfield County. That advisory is in effect until at least 8 a.m. Saturday and in some areas until 10 p.m. Sunday.

The weather service warns heat index values will top 100 degrees the entire weekend and could reach as high as 110 degrees Saturday. Officials say the combination of heat and humidity increases health risks for the elderly, people with chronic health problems, people who work outdoors and other sensitive groups.

“We’re looking at it as a very serious weather issue,” said Rick Fontana, the city’s deputy director of emergency management. “We’re actually calling it a dangerous weather report.”

Fontana said people need to be aware of the signs of heat stroke. Elderly people or people with certain heart conditions should avoid spending extended periods of time outdoors.

“This is pretty serious weather; it’s oppressive,” Fontana said. “We just want people to be aware they need to think about the risks that are out there.”

If you’re trying to keep cool in New Haven, the city has four public pools and 12 splash pads available. All five city library branches and all three senior centers will be open as cooling centers.

The NWS said people should use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning. People should also check on vulnerable friends, family and neighbors. People who work or play outdoors should take frequent rest breaks in the shade and should move to cool, shaded locations if they are overcome by the heat.

“All people are at risk for developing heat related illnesses in conditions of high temperatures and high humidity. Especially vulnerable to developing heat-related illness are the elderly, young children and individuals with disabilities or chronic diseases such as heart disease and respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema,” Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph said in a release.

Parents of children with special medical conditions should consult with their physicians or care providers on best preventive measures, Joseph noted.

To help people without access to air conditioning, officials in Hamden, Middletown and Torrington have announced specific cooling center locations:

Read the complete article in the New Hampshire Register.

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