Towns are readying cooling centers for those seeking relief from oppressive heat and humidity predicted for central Connecticut this weekend.
The National Weather Service forecasts nearly 100-degree temperatures for today, Saturday and Sunday. The heat index, which factors in humidity, is expected to reach 105 degrees.
The Wallingford Family YMCA is responding to the excessive heat warnings by opening its doors to the public.
Sean Doherty, YMCA executive director, said Thursday that both the eastside branch, 81 S. Elm St., and westside branch, 8 N. Turnpike Road, are slated to be open at “no charge for any residents who want to come in, cool off, and take advantage of our amenities and programs.”
That includes access to the eastside branch swimming pool during open swim times, when it’s not being utilized by the summer camp.
Eastside branch hours are 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today, 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Westside branch hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Doherty said the Y previously opened as a charging station in 2015 during a microburst, allowing families to cool off, recharge their devices and shower.
Residents just need to bring an identification and sign in as a guest, Doherty said.
Elsewhere in Wallingford, Community Pool is open to pass-holders from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
The Wallingford Public Library is open 9:30Regional coolingcenters
a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. The Wallingford Senior Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and closed weekends.
The Meriden Police Department lobby, 50 W. Main St., will be open as a cooling center from 7 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The Meriden YMCA, 110 W. Main St., will open the Octagon Conference Room from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Note that only access to the conference room will be allowed.
In Southington, the Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., and the public library, 255 Main St., are designated as cooling centers today during their normal hours.
The Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy Lane, is designated as a cooling center 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cheshire Police Department lobby, 500 Highland Ave., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On Saturday, the Cheshire Public Library is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but closed Sunday.
The Cheshire Public Library is available 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The Town Hall lobby, 84 S. Main St., is available 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
The North Haven Memorial Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. The town Recreational Center will also be available.
The Durham Public Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, closed Sunday.
For a complete list of cooling centers, please call 2-1-1 or visit the Infoline 2-1-1 website at www.211ct.org.