WESTPORT, Conn. – With heat indexes expected to reach above 100 degrees this weekend, the town of Westport has opted to open cooling centers to accommodate those without air conditioning.
The Westport Center for Senior Activities at 21 Imperial Ave. will open from 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, according to a statement from the town.
A second cooling center will open at the Westport Public Library at 20 Jesup Road from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, according to the statement.
With temperatures rising, certain populations - particularly children, seniors and people with special needs - are at greater risk.
The town warned that heat-related illnesses could quickly and easily turn into medical emergencies such as heat stroke and offered several tips to help cope with the steamy weather.
Area residents are urged to:
- Stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15).
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn. Give your body a chance to adjust to extreme temperature changes.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
- Use shades or awnings.
- Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.
- Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.