City of New Haven opens cooling centers to escape heat

(WTNH/Mario Boone)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Temperatures soared into the 90s Wednesday all across Connecticut, prompting local towns and cities to open cooling centers.

“You could pass out in this kind of weather if you’re not hydrated well enough,” said Bill Jewett.

In a few locations along the shoreline and inland, the mercury hit 93 degrees. Factor in the humidity and you get heat indices in the triple digits.

“It was a little hot at the start, a little humid,” Jewett remarked after just completing the Citizens Bank 5k in Middletown.  At least one runner suffered heat injury at the race and had to be taken away by ambulance.

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Jewett said he was concerned about the hot weather ahead of the race, and spent the previous 24 hours hydrating. “All day I’ve been hydrating like crazy.”

Patrina Reddick took a group of pre-teens to Lighthouse Point Park to beat the heat.  Lighthouse will remain open until 6 p.m.

“The best place to be is either in the splash pad or down in the water.  The water is really, really cool.  I mean, it’s beautifully cool,” she said.

In Hamden officials opened libraries, police and fire stations and other government facilities.  New Haven urged its residents to cool off at city pools and splash pads after expanding operating hours until 8 p.m.

Anyone looking for a place to cool off should call 211 to find the nearest cooling center in your area.


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