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Needham announces library will be 'cooling center' this weekend

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 5, 2013 02:10 PM

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Needham officials have designated the Needham Free Public Library at 1139 Highland Ave. as a “cooling center” while temperatures soar in the Greater Boston area.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It may be designated as a cooling center for future days as well, officials said.

Temperatures could reach 96 degrees Friday, but humid conditions could make it feel like 100 degrees, weather service officials said. The constant high temperatures marks the area's second heat wave of the summer, leading officials to announce a heat advisory today for Eastern Massachusetts.

Needham officials recommends that individuals follow this list of suggestions to stay cool:

• Avoid too much exposure to sun and extreme temperature changes
• Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially during peak hours of 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.
• Keep rooms, offices and internal spaces well-ventilated with fans, air conditioners or open windows
• Stay inside as much as possible
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing that covers the maximum amount of exposed skin
• Take cool baths/showers when possible
• When outdoors, plan wisely and include rehydration breaks
• Drink plenty of water and avoid carbonated beverages
• Never leave children or pets unattended in closed vehicles

If you or anyone you know is having trouble breathing or experiences a rapid increase in body temperature, dial 9-1-1 immediately and request emergency medical assistance.

For additional safety tips, Needham officials recommend reading these safety tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

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