2015-07-29 / Front Page

Cooling Centers To Remain Open Throughout Heat Wave

By LIZ GOFF

Meteorologists are warning the public that it will feel like hell on Earth this week, as the mercury soars over 90 degrees for at least the next five days.
Temperatures will reach a body-roasting 95 degrees on at least two days this week as rising temperatures and high humidity remind us that it really is summer in the city.
The heat is certain to force many Queens residents to stay indoors, where those with air conditioners can blast cool air, while others can head to the pool, beach or a movie while they wait for the temperatures to cool down, city officials said.
City officials said New Yorkers could be expected to consume an additional 1.5 billion gallons of water on the first day of the heat wave. Whether you choose tap or bottled water, make sure to keep plenty on hand – and carry some chilled water with you if you venture outdoors.
If you are planning to stay outdoors for some time – shopping, swimming, walking, taking the kids to a playground, whatever your plans call for, here’s a tip to keeping bottled water icy cold for long periods of time, officials said.
Freeze bottled water and place it in a cooler to take to the park, beach or other outdoor activity. Place frozen water in a plastic bag and stash it in your purse when you’re heading out to the supermarket or outdoor shopping centers. Most of the ice will be defrosted by the time you’re ready to take a drink, officials said. Any of the remaining ice will keep the water nicely chilled until you are ready for another drink. It’s the inexpensive way to drink bottled water while you’re on the go.
As in any extended heat wave, city officials are pleading with city residents to conserve electricity over the upcoming steamy weather.
Swimmers can take refuge in the pool at Astoria Park, where Parks Department workers pour pounds of ice chips into the water. Braver souls grab the ice chips and pour them over their heads to cool down as they take turns in the city’s largest municipal swimming pool, a parks worker said.
Seniors and families without air conditioning can head to cooling centers established by the city to take advantage of cool temperatures and a variety of activities available at the centers.
Queens residents who need help coping with the heat are urged to visit a city Cooling Center. For the location of a Cooling Center near your home, go to: www.gov/coolingcenters, click on Cooling Center Finder and enter your address. The listing provides the address and hours of operation for a Cooling Center near your home. Queens residents with no internet access are urged to call 311 for location and hours of operation of a Cooling Center in their neighborhood.
Pet owners are reminded to keep pets out of the hot sun for long periods of time. Pets need extra water, be sure it has not gotten warm, and a well-ventilated area to rest during heat waves, animal activists said.
And remember, street trees need water during heat waves. Residents are urged to water street trees in the early evening hours to help them survive the sweltering temperatures.

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