With the temperature set to reach the upper-90s and a heat index over 100, the city is offering various resources to help New Yorkers stay cool.

According to the National Weather Service, an “Excessive Heat Warning is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 105 degrees or greater.”

The warning went into effect on Tuesday and will continue between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. until Thursday evening (August 10 through 12).

Cooling centers in the North Brooklyn area include the Bushwick/Hylan Senior Center, Ridgewood Citadel Corps Community Center and public libraries in the area — Bushwick Library, Irving Washington Library and Ridgewood Public Library. The JASA Williamsburg Senior Center will be open to seniors only.

To find a cooling center near you, visit the City’s Cooling Center Finder or call 311.

Other spots to stay cool can be found through the NYC Parks Cool It! map, which includes locations of misting stations, spray showers, drinking fountains and other cooling locations.  

Pool hours will also be extended through Friday. Public outdoor pools will be open between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. (with an hour break for cleaning at 3 p.m.)

If you have a pet that needs protection from the heat, there are pet-friendly cooling centers available in each borough. According to the city’s Emergency Management Department, the City has partnered with Petco to offer New Yorkers and their pets additional places to cool off.

New Yorkers are encouraged to check on neighbors, particularly those with young children, seniors and people with disabilities.

For more information and resources, you can visit the city’s Beat the Heat page.


Top photo by Nicole Allen Viana.

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