Cooling centers open in region amid heat wave

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. – With record-setting temperatures in Burlington on Monday and sweltering heat throughout the Northeast, dozens of cooling centers opened up throughout the region as people were doing everything they could to stay cool.


Vermont Emergency Management opened up over a dozen cooling centers in the state. We visited one of them at City Hall in St. Albans, where members of the Vermont Medical Reserve Corps were on hand to provide water and medical care for those who needed it. We also caught up with Lieutenant Ben Couture of the St. Albans police department to see how people should take care of themselves in the record heat.


“Stay hydrated, cover yourself with protective clothing, and use sunscreen,” Couture said. “Make sure you really push the fluids, that’s the big thing. If you start getting overheated, go inside.”


While many people chose to stay inside today, there were a lot of people out and about on Church Street in Burlington enjoying the weather. At Ben and Jerry’s, lines were outside the door as people waited for some ice cream to try and cool down.


Even as the day turned to evening, temperatures remained in the lower 90s. With more heat on the way, most cooling centers across Vermont and New York will be open again tomorrow. To find one near you, check out the links below.


VERMONT:
http://vem.vermont.gov/content/municipal-cooling-locations


NEW YORK:
https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/countycenters.htm

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