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Connecticut cooling centers opened as heat wave continues

The main library and it's branches are designated cooling centers
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HARTFORD, Conn. — As our second heat wave of the season continues into Friday and beyond, cooling centers throughout the state are opening up. 

Thursday will be the hottest day with a heat index reaching over 100 degrees. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Heat Advisory as well as a poor air quality alert from Fairfield, New Haven, and northern Middlesex counties.

Gov.  Ned Lamont is extending the state's extreme hot weather protocol through 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Here are some locations where you can find cooling centers. For more locations, head to the 2-1-1 website or call 2-1-1 for details. 

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Senior Centers (Open only on weekdays):

  • Black Rock Senior Center- 2676 Fairfield Avenue (9:00 am-4:00 pm)
  • North End Bethany Senior Center - 20 Thorme Street (9:00 am-4:30 pm)

Bridgeport Public Library Branches:

East Side Branch – 1174 East Main Street; Fri and Sat (10:00 am-5:00 pm)

  • Main Branch – 925 Broad Street; Mon & Tues (10:00am-6:00pm), Wed & Thurs(12:00p-8:00p), Fri& Sat (10:00am-5:00pm). Sunday (Closed)
  • Black Rock Branch – 2705 Fairfield Avenue; Mon (10:00am-6:00pm), Tues (12:00pm-8:00pm), Wed (10:00am-6:00pm), Thurs (12:00pm-8:00pm), Fri & Sat (10:00am-5:00pm). Sunday (Closed)
  • North Branch – 3455 Madison Avenue; Mon (10:00am-6:00pm), Tues (12:00pm-8:00pm), Wed (10:00am-6:00pm),Thurs (12:00pm-8:00pm), Fri & Sat (10:00am-5:00pm). Sunday (Closed)

Other Cooling Centers:

  • Mount Aery Church (73 Frank Street)- Tuesday (8/2) (10:00am-6:00pm)

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Downtown Library

500 Main St.; Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00-6:00; Friday: 9:00-5:00

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.; Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00-6:00; Friday: 10:00-5:00

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.; Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-6:00; Friday: 10:00-5:00

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.; Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-6:00; Friday: 10:00-5:00

Dwight Library

7 New Park Ave.; Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-6:00; Friday: 10:00-5:00

Park Street Library @ the Lyric

603 Park St.; Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00-6:00; Friday: 10:00-5:00

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New Britain

Available from August 2-5:

New Britain Library

20 High Street, Hours: M-Th: 9am-8pm; F: 9am-5pm

New Britain Senior Center

55 Pearl Street, Hours: T-F: 8:15 am-4 pm

North Haven

From August 2-5:

North Haven Town Hall

17 Elm Street, North Haven; Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.- 6 pm.

Montowese Fire Station

282 Quinnipiac Avenue, North Haven; Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Plymouth Town Hall will be a cooling center from August 3 -5, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, located at 80 Main Street in Terryville.


Thomaston Ambulance Headquarters

235 South Main Street; Wednesday -Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Mayor O’Leary has extended the operations of the cooling stations in Waterbury through Wednesday, August 10, 2022.  


Cooling stations will be open through Monday, August 10, 2022, at the following locations within our City of Waterbury:

  • River-Baldwin Recreation Center, located at 135 East Liberty Street. Open 8:30 am – 8:30 pm.
  • North End Recreation Center, located at 262 North Main Street. Open 8:30 am – 8:30 pm

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West Haven

The city has opened a cooling center at the Main Library, 300 Elm St. for residents in need.

The cooling center will operate Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Cooling centers are available from Tuesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 6 at:

Winchester Town Hall

338 Main Street, Francis P Hicks room on the Second Floor, Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 am-4 pm; Thursday: 8 am-6 pm; Friday: 8 am-12 pm

Blanche McCarthy Senior Center

80 Holabird Avenue, Hours: Wednesday, Friday: 8 am-12 pm, Tuesday, Thursday: 8 am-2 pm

Beardsley and Memorial Library

40 Munro Place, Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am-6pm; Thursday: 10am-8pm; Saturday: 10am-2pm

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For more locations, head to the 2-1-1 website or call 2-1-1 for details.  


Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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