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Do You Need a Place to Stay Cool?

Heat Index Expected to Reach 110 Degrees

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With triple-digit heat indexes expected this week, Wake County is opening temporary cooling stations to help residents escape the sweltering temperatures. In addition, the City of Raleigh’s community centers can serve as places to escape the heat. 

Wake County’s cooling stations are open. Due to the ongoing extreme heat, the cooling centers will remain open until at least July 17.

Here's information about the City's community centers.

Emergency management officials are encouraging local residents who need shelter from the heat to take advantage of these opportunities. Visit the Wake County website for details about cooling station hours and locations.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Adults older than 65, children younger than four, people with existing medical conditions and those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk. Drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun are critical precautions. You should also check on your neighbors who may be at high risk.

To stay safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Ran Northam
Assistant Communications Director