Heat wave hits New York

People ride boats in Central Park in New York City, the United States, July 21, 2019. The highest temperature hit 36 degrees Celsius in New York City on Sunday as a result of a heat wave

With a stifling heat wave on the way, New York City is opening its public cooling centers to help people avoid the dangerous temperatures.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management announced Tuesday evening that cooling centers will open around the five boroughs on Wednesday and will stay open through Sunday, July 21.


“Heat indices Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to be in the low to mid-90. The peak heat is expected into the weekend, with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and heat indices close to 105 degrees on Friday and close to 107 degrees on Saturday. Heat indices remain around 100 degrees on Sunday,” OEM officials said in a statement Tuesday.


City officials say New Yorkers most at risk during the incoming heat wave include:

  • Anyone without air conditioning
  • People with chronic medical, mental health, cognitive, or developmental conditions
  • Anyone taking medications that can affect body temperature
  • Residents with limited mobility or are unable to leave their homes
  • Obese people
  • Anyone misusing alcohol or drugs

The cooling centers are set to open at 8 a.m. 


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