Where to cool off from the Valley’s heatwave

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/18/2019 5:07:21 PM

NORTHAMPTON — With temperatures in the upper 90s forecasted for this weekend, some communities are opening cooling centers to help residents escape the heat.

Beginning on Friday and lasting through Sunday, a heatwave is expected to sweep across the state, with temperatures predicted to climb into the high 90s, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Humidity is expected to make the weather feel even hotter, and the heat may peak in Hampshire County at 97 degrees with a heat index of 106 degrees in Amherst on Saturday.

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NWS issued an excessive heat watch starting at noon Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday. The combination of high heat and humidity will “create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible,” the notice read.

NWS recommends staying hydrated, staying in air-conditioning, staying out of the sun, and checking in on relatives and neighbors during the heat watch.

The following communities have designated cooling centers in anticipation of the heatwave:


■Senior Center Workshop Room, 67 Conz St., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday

■Forbes Library, 20 West St., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday

■Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday

■Police Department Community Room, 29 Center St., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday


■Public Safety Complex, 32 Payson Ave., 12 - 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Residents who need a ride to the cooling center can call 413-527-4200 ext. 48.

South Hadley

■Council on Aging, 45 Dayton St., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday

■South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St., 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday


■Hadley Safety Complex, 15 East St., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday


■Holyoke Community College Library, 303 Homestead Ave., 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Friday

■Holyoke Council on Aging, 291 Pine St., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday

■Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday

■Holyoke Mall, 50 Holyoke St., 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.

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