HUDSON COUNTY - Several local municipalities, including Jersey City, have announced cooling stations that will be open during the heat wave this week. All residents, especially the elderly, disabled people, pregnant women, and young children are encouraged to stay indoors or take advantage of municipal cooling centers, if necessary.
Also, try to remain indoors (preferably in an air conditioned space) as much as possible; wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothing; keep hydrated by consuming plenty of water and natural juices and avoid beverages with alcohol and caffeine which increase dehydration; eat light meals; refrain from strenuous activities; and recognize the symptoms of heat disorders.
Residents are urged to check on elderly neighbors and those with disabilities. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF content to small children to avoid overexposure to the sun. Never leave children or pets in closed vehicles, where temperatures can exceed 190 degrees in less than ten minutes, and provide shade and cool water to pets.
In Jersey City, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy has announced the following locations as cooling centers:
Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center, 140 Martin Luther King Dr.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pershing Field Community Center, Pershing Field Complex
Corner of Summit Ave. and Pershing Field Plaza
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Five Corners Library, 678 Newark Avenue, hours: Monday, 12Noon-8 PM; Tuesday
through Thursday, 10AM-6 PM; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2
Jersey City Main Branch Library, 472 Jersey Avenue, hours: Monday -
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greenville Library, 1841 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, hours: Monday,
Wednesday, and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.
-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m-2 p.m.
Glenn D. Cunningham Library, 275 Martin Luther King Drive, hours: Monday,
Tuesday, and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, 9
a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue, hours: Monday, Tuesday, and
Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Aside from these stations, Jersey City residents are welcome to cool off
from the heat by taking advantage of the water sprinklers located in city
parks, which are turned on daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Pershing Field,
Audubon Park Terrace Park, Arlington Park, Lena Edwards Park, the Wilkinson
Ave. Playground, McGovern Park, Roberto Clemente Park - Enos Jones Park,
Rev. Ercel Webb/Lafayette Park, Virginia Avenue Park, LaPointe Park,
Hamilton Park, and Columbia Park.
For Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21 the following pool sites and
outdoor locations in Jersey City will also be open: P.S. # 23, 143 Romaine
Ave., hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; P.S. # 27, 201 North St.,
hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; P.S. # 41, 59 Wilkinson Ave.,
hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 3-8 p.m.; Pershing Field Pool, 201 Central
Ave., hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6
p.m. (Note: There is a fee to use the pool at Pershing Field.)