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It's going to be HOT this week in Northeast Ohio; here's where you can cool off during the heat wave

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Jun 15, 2024

While it may seem nice outside today, dangerous heat is coming our way starting Sunday. Multiple cities across the area are opening cooling centers to chill out in.

Cuyahoga County

The following rec centers will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Zelma George — 3155 Martin Luther King Jr Drive., Cleveland
  • Collinwood — 16300 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland
  • Gunning — 16700 Puritas Ave., Cleveland
  • Kovacic — 6250 St Clair Ave., Cleveland
  • Fredrick Douglas — 15401 Miles Ave., Cleveland
  • Zone — 6301 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
  • Halloran Skating Rink — 3550 West 117th Street, Cleveland

Additionally, all rec centers in Cleveland will serve lunch to those who are 18 and younger from noon to 1 p.m. daily. On Wednesday, only the six centers listed above will serve lunch.
Ashland County

  • Ashland County Sheriff's Office Annex — 1205 E. Main St., Ashland
  • Kroc Center - 527 E. Liberty St., Ashland
  • Savannah Trinity Lutheran Church — 508 Center St., Ashland
  • Hayesville Fire Station 8 — 8 High St., Hayesville
  • Perrysville Fire Station — 181 East 3rd St., Perrysville
  • Polk - Jackson Fire Station — 209 East Congress Street, Polk

Lorain County

  • First Church, 106 N Main St., Oberlin — Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oberlin Public Library — 65 S Main St., Oberlin — Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • OEAC Seniors — 90 N Professor St., Oberlin — Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oberlin Community Services — 500 Lorain St., Oberlin — Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Open Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Closed July 19.
  • Columbia Fire Station — 25540 Royalton Road, Columbia Station
  • Grafton Village Fire Station 1 — 1013 Chestnut St. — Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • South Rec Center — 101 South Park Drive, Elyria — 1 to 8 p.m. June 18 and 19. Pets are welcomed if leashed or in crates and accompanied by the owner.
  • St. Elizabeth Center — 2726 Caroline Avenue, Lorain — Open 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Lorain Public Library Branches in Lorain — Open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Other branches in North Ridgeville and Columbia Station are also open.
  • Sheffield Village Municipal Building — 4340 Colorado Avenue — Open Monday to senior citizens and individuals with medical conditions Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Medina/Wayne counties

  • Rittman Rec Center — 200 Saurer St., Rittman
    • The pool and rec center will be open for free this week.
  • Wayne County Public Library — 220 West Liberty Street in Wooster.
  • Orrville Public Library — 230 North Main Street in Orrville.
  • St. Stephen's Hackman Hall — 44 Britton Street in West Salem.

Summit County

  • Summit Lake Community Center — 380 W. Crosier St., Akron

    • The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. if/when temperatures reach above 90 degrees with the heat index. The center will announce if the cooling center is open by 5 p.m. the day prior via social media.
  • Active Adult Center — 500 W Hopocan Ave., Barberton
    • Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday.
  • Lake Anna YMCA — 500 W Hopocan Ave., Barberton

    • Open Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. An ID is required for entry.

Lake County

  • Concord Community Center — 7671 Auburn Road.
  • Eastlake Senior Center — 600 East 349th Street.
  • Grand River City Hall — 205 Singer Avenue.
  • Madison Senior Center — 2938 Hubbard Road.
  • Mentor Senior Center — 8484 Munson Road.
  • Menter-on-the-Lake City Hall — 5860 Andrews Road.
  • Painesville Township Hall — 55 Nye Road.
  • Willoughby Senior Center — 36939 Ridge Road.
  • Willowick Community Center — 321 East 314th Street.
  • Wickliffe Community Center — 900 Worden Road.

How to stay safe in the heat

  • Stay hydrated
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Get breaks inside/with air-conditioning
  • Take breaks if you work outside
  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing
  • Get outside in the morning or evenings when it is not as hot
  • Remember car interiors can reach deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes during hot or warm weather. Never leave young children and pets unattended in vehicles.

We spoke to Vice President of Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Bryan Baskin about how to stay safe during the upcoming week.

Staying safe during the heat wave

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