PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — With the extreme heat this weekend, Rhode Island communities are offering ways for residents to stay cool amid the scorching temperatures.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued again for Sunday, with temperatures between 95-100 degrees and high humidity expected to create a heat index—or “feels-like” conditions—of up to 110 degrees.
To help people beat the heat, the R.I. Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is opening cooling centers across the state.
In Massachusetts, residents should call 211 for a list of cooling centers there.
The YMCA of Greater Providence is also offering free access to its pools, hydration stations, and air-conditioned facilities to members and their guests this weekend at the following locations:
- Bayside Family YMCA
- Cranston YMCA
- East Side Mt. Hope YMCA
- Kent County YMCA
- Newman YMCA
- South County YMCA
In addition, the YMCA’s new Power Lunch program for senior citizens will be going on all week at the Cranston YMCA. Any Rhode Islander over the age of 60 is invited for a free lunch and a chance to socialize, but more importantly, they say it’s an opportunity to learn about energy resources that are available in the hot weather.
The city of Pawtucket is opening cooling centers as well as extending its public pool hours. The Veterans Park pool located behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School on Smithfield Avenue will be open until 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
“We want to ensure that our residents, especially the elderly population and our children, have free places to go during the heatwave that will keep them safe and cool. We thank the Police Department, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, and the Housing Authority for their collaboration in making sites available,” said Mayor Grebien. “We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to stay cool and hydrated.”
“It is important to not underestimate how quickly excessive heat can cause heat-related injuries to individuals. It is vital that you remain hydrated and limit your time in the heat if possible,” said Pawtucket Central Falls Emergency Management Agency Director David Deloge. “Please also do not forget that pets are affected by the heat just as humans are and take the necessary steps to keep them safe.”
The City of Pawtucket announced plans to provide special weekend hours for the Senior Center serve as a cooling center from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The locations of the cooling centers are:
- The Leon Mathieu Senior Center at 420 Main Street is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- The Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main Street is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- The Pawtucket Police Department Headquarters lobby at 121 Roosevelt Avenue is available 24 hours every day.
- The Pawtucket Public Library at 13 Summer Street is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
- The Library is also a free summer meal site for children from Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Kennedy Manor located at 175 Broad Street is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- St. Germain Manor located at 401 Mineral Spring Avenue is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The pool located at Veterans Park on Smithfield Avenue behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School is scheduled to be open for extended hours from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Officials said the entrance fee for use of the pool is $1, however, it is free of service to senior residents 65 and older. The pool offers free summer meal site for children from Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Local power companies have taken precautionary steps to have extra crews ready amid potential emergencies and outages with the heatwave approaching this upcoming weekend.