2018-07-04 / Front Page

Battle Heat Wave At City Pools, Cooling Centers

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 seven days in Queens.

Temperatures will reach a body-roasting 94 degrees on at least three days this week, reminding 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. Others will likely head to a city pool, beach or a show while they wait for the mercury to cool down, city officials said.

New Yorkers are 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 frozen water with you if you venture outdoors, city health officials said.

If you are planning to stay outdoors for some time – shopping, swimming, walking, or taking the kids to a playground, 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. And the remaining ice will keep the water nicely chilled until you are ready for another drink. It’s the best way to drink bottled water while you’re on the go, officials said.

As in any extended heat wave, city officials are pleading with residents to conserve electricity. “We need people to turn their air conditioners to no cooler than 79 degrees, if you can do that,” officials said.

Swimmers can take refuge in city-operated pools like those at Astoria Park, where Parks 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, where they can take advantage of cool temperatures and a variety of activities, The city has extended hours at pools and cooling centers for the remainder of the heat wave, officials said.

For locations of city cooling centers, pools, playgrounds and parks in Queens, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov.







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