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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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Bridgeport

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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Hartford 

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

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

Thomaston Ambulance Headquarters

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

Waterbury

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

COOLING STATIONS: 

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
  • SPLASH PADS:

14 Splash Pad Locations Open 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM, 7 Days Per Week

• Town Plot Park

• River Baldwin Park

• Fairlawn Park

• Washington Park

• Curtain Park

• East Mountain Park

• Chase Park

• Rivera Hughes Park

• Waterville Park

• Berkley Park

• Hopeville Park

• Martin Luther King Park

• Fulton Park

• North End Recreation Center

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.

Winchester/Winsted

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.  

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

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