Cooling Center Information for September 6 and 7

Cooling centers

Because of the extreme heat and humidity forecast for the next two days, cooling centers will be open in several locations throughout Northampton during Wednesday, Sept. 6, and Thursday, Sept. 7. The National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory continuing through 8 p.m. Thursday. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses.

The centers are open to anyone who needs a cool place during the heatwave. They will be open as follows:

Division of Community Care community room, 1 Roundhouse Plaza, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

Forbes Library, 20 West St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.

Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Florence, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday.

Manna Community Center, 48 Elm St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday.


Health officials offer these tips for coping with hot, humid weather.

  • Avoid strenuous activity and drink plenty of water regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do not have air-conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help to evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals. Avoid high-protein foods that increase metabolic rate.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.

People needing assistance during the heat are advised to contact Northampton Public Safety at 413-587-1100.