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Cooling Centers Offer Ways To Beat The Heat

DETROIT (WWJ) - When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness.

To provide a safe and cool environment for those who may not have another option, local communities are opening several locations as cooling centers. Residents can visit to enjoy air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat.


  •  Joseph Walker Williams Center - 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd. - 10 am to 6 pm
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center - 2751 Robert Bradby Dr. - 1pm to 9pm


  • Bailey Recreation Center - 36651 Ford Rd. - 9 am to 10 pm
  • William P. Faust Public Library - 6123 Central City Pkwy. - 9 am to 9 pm
  • Dorsey Center - 32715 Dorsey - 9 am to 5 pm
  • Friendship Center - 1119 N. Newburgh - 9 am to 7 pm

Dearborn Heights:

  • Eton Senior Center - 4900 Pardee - 8 am to 5 pm
  • Richard A. Young Recreation Center - 5400 McKinley - 5:30 pm to 9 pm


  • Community Recreation Center - 15100 Hubbard - 5 am to 10 pm


  • Summit on the Park - 46000 Summit Parkway - 10 am to 9pm

Clinton Township:

  • VerKuilen Building - 21885 Dunham Rd. - 8:30 am to 5 pm

Mount Clemens:

  • Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility - 43533 Elizabeth Rd. - 9 am to 5 pm

Sterling Heights:

  • Freedom Hill County Park in the Independence Building - 15000 Metropolitan Pkwy. - 8:30 am to 7 pm

Additionally, public libraries and senior centers often serve as cooling centers during regular business hours. You could also head to the local movie theatre or shopping mall where air conditioning is provided.

When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, everyone is at risk, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illness.

Signs of heat-related illness include headache, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion and pale or flushed skin.

To prevent heat-related illness, stay indoors in an air-conditioned place, drink lots of water, avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, wear light-colored clothing, avoid strenuous activity and take frequent breaks if you must work outside.

Never leave a person or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can increase to 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

A heat advisory remains in effect throughout the day Wednesday. Click here for further details.

Here's the forecast from the WWJ weather team:

Wednesday Evening - Mostly clear and breezy. Temperatures around 94. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday Night - Mostly clear early...then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Lows 72 to 76. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday - Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 82 to 86. West winds 5 to 10 mph...turning to south late. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday Night - Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 56 to 60. North winds 5 to 10 mph...turning to northeast. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Friday - Partly sunny during the morning. Cloudy during the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms during the morning...then showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs 72 to 76. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph...turning to east. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Friday Night - Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows 60 to 64. Chance of rain 50 percent.

For the latest, keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for Traffic and Weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s.  Visit our weather page.

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