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Pittsburgh and other communities open cooling centers ahead of potential heat wave

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- With Pittsburgh bracing for a heat wave, several cooling centers across the area are opening up.

A heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday. Highs will be in the 90s all week, with the hottest stretch from Thursday to Friday. The heat index numbers will be well into the triple digits and may even hit 110.

(Photo: KDKA Weather Center)

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the National Weather Service. Watch for signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion -- like headaches, nausea, dizziness and fainting -- and seek medical attention if needed.

Several communities and community groups are opening up cooling shelters to help people who don't have access to air-conditioning. 

Aside from locations on this list, you can visit to find cooling centers nearby. 

City of Pittsburgh

The City of Pittsburgh is activating its six healthy active living centers as cooling centers from Monday through Friday. They'll be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when they'll be open from noon to 7 p.m. because of Juneteenth. 

The list can be found below: 

Beechview Healthy Active Living Community Center
1555 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Brighton Heights Healthy Active Living Community Center
3515 McClure Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-766-4656

Citiparks Ammon
2217 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  

Citiparks Brookline
1400 Oakridge Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Citiparks Jefferson
605 Redknap Street, Pittsburgh, PA

Citiparks Magee
745 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA   

Citiparks Paulson
1201 Paulson Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Greenfield Healthy Active Living Community Center
745 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center
7321 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Sheraden Healthy Active Living Community Center
720 Sherwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204

South Side Healthy Active Living Community Center
12th & Bingham Streets, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 

All other healthy active living senior centers will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but they'll be closed Wednesday. CitiParks recreation centers with air-conditioning will also be open, with most of them operating 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Allegheny County

Bethel Park 

Bethel Park Community Center -- Sunday: 12-6 p.m.; Monday through Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
5151 Park Avenue, Bethel Park, PA

Those who need help can also call the dispatch center at 412-833-2000.


The borough building on 1 Veterans Way is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


The chambers at Clairton City Council are open from June 17-23 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Community House Church

Community House Church -- Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
120 Parkhurst Street, Pittsburgh, PA


The Dormont Fire Department has set up a cooling station in front of its station for those in need. 

Elizabeth Township 

Elizabeth Township Municipal Building -- Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood

First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood -- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
120 E. Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


The borough is opening up the community room on the second floor as a cooling center. It'll be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

Scott Township

The community room is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.

South Fayette Township 

South Fayette Township Municipal Building -- Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
100 Township Drive, South Fayette, PA 15017

Shaler Township

The North Hills Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The address is 1822 Mt. Royal Boulevard, Glenshaw, PA 15116


The borough of Tarentum is handing out free water at the Eureka Community Ambulance Service's station at 304 East Third Avenue. People are asked to ring the bell to request water. 

There will also be a cooling station at VFW Post 5758 at 208 East Fourth Avenue on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Turtle Creek

Turtle Creek borough building -- Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Verona borough building -- Monday through Friday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 

White Oak 

Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church - Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1665 Lincoln Way 

Mary, Mother of God Parish (St. Angela's) - Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
1640 Fawcett Avenue

White Oak Borough Building - Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
2280 Lincoln Way 

West Deer Township 

The West Deer Fire Department #2 at 2163 Saxonburg Boulevard will be open as a cooling center from Tuesday at 8 a.m. until further notice. 

**Cooling Station Available at the Fire Department!** Attention residents of West Deer Township and surrounding...

Posted by West Deer Township Police Department on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Beaver County 

The nonprofit The Cornerstone of Beaver County is opening cooling centers at the following locations: 

The Cornerstone of Beaver County - Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
600 6th Street, Beaver Falls, PA

New Brighton Municipal Building - Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
610 3rd Avenue, New Brighton, PA

Uncommon Grounds - Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
380 Franklin Ave. Aliquippa, PA

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