City Cooling Centers to Open Wednesday as Temperatures Soar

By Ben Fractenberg on June 7, 2011 5:02pm 

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s Wednesday and Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s Wednesday and Thursday.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Summer's on the way, as predictions of scorching temperatures prompted the city to announce it was opening cooling centers Wednesday and Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s starting Wednesday — and possibly break 100 on Thursday — sending the Office of Emergency Management into alert mode.

Officials sought to get the word out about cooling centers located all over the city, including some of Manhattan's public space like libraries, senior centers and community centers.

Experts advised anyone without an air-conditioned place to spend the day to travel to the closest cooling center, and to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day.

Anyone who believes they may be suffering heat stroke is urged to call a doctor immediately or go to the closest emergency room.

Symptoms on heat illness include hot, dry skin, cold, clammy skin; weakness; dizziness; nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath or trouble breathing; confusion and hallucinations, experts warned.

A list of Manhattan's cooling centers is available the Office of Emergency Management’s website.


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