Excessive Dangerous Heat Continues

An updated list of Cooling Sites Open Sunday in our Area

Excessive dangerous heat will continue with the peak coming at 3 pm today where the heat index will climb to 109 degrees.

The following locations are open as cooling sites:

Robbinsville Senior Center for ALL Mercer County residents.

The Robbinsville Senior Center will serve as a cooling station for any Mercer County Resident and will be available 24/7. Contact RTPD at 259-3900 or swing by headquarters for building access.

Posted by Robbinsville Township Police Department on Saturday, July 20, 2019

In Ewing, the Ewing Township Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, and the Hollowbrook Community Center, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, will be Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Princeton, the Witherspoon Hall Community Room, 400 Witherspoon St., will be open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Lawrence, the Lawrence Township Senior Center, 30 Darrah Lane East, will be open Sunday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

In the City of Trenton, the following senior centers will be open as cooling sites for older adults today until 9 p.m. Jenneye Stubblefield Center, 301 Prospect St., 609-989-3463; and Reading Senior Center, 15 Ringold St., 609-989-3460 or 989-3490. Transportation is available by calling the senior centers.

The City of Trenton also announced that several recreation centers will offer emergency hours. Sam Naples Recreation Center, 611 Chestnut Ave., and the Ike Williams Recreation Center, 238 Clay St., will be open today until 9 p.m.  

How To Stay Safe During a Heat Wave

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a few tips to stay safe during heat waves: stay in air conditioning; take frequent breaks when outside; drink more water than usual; avoid using the stove or oven; take cool showers or baths and wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.

At night, sticking a bowl of ice water in front of a fan and putting your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before going to bed can make it easier to fall asleep. Don’t let your sheets freeze, but do allow them to be cold to the touch. Additionally, you can wrap ice packs in cold, dry towels to help you stay cold at any time of the day or night.

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