Relief As Temps Top Ninety

Need To Beat The Heat? RIOC Cooling Centers Open This Weekend

Updated 33 weeks ago
Need To Beat The Heat? RIOC Cooling Centers Open This Weekend

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 today and approach 100 tomorrow, RIOC fulfilled its promise to open cooling centers for anyone seeking relief. Note: RIOC has extended the Cooling Center open into Monday as the heat wave continues.

At last week's Board Meeting, RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal said her State agency was prepared for the approach of a string of 90 degree days, and on Friday, they swung into action. The Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street, began welcoming anyone "experiencing physical discomfort during a heat wave."

Note: All ages are welcome. You don't need to be a senior to take advantage of the relief offered.

Predictions for today are for a high in the low to mid 90s. Tomorrow, it's closer to 100. Most forecasts suggest less extreme highs thereafter, but some say highs will stay at 90 or above all week.

RIOC's Public Safety Department, responsible for maintaining the cooling center, is keeping an eye on upcoming weather.

Here's the text of RIOC's announcement:


Roosevelt Island opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public facilities for those experiencing physical discomfort during a heat wave. The National Weather Service issued a severe heat advisory today for New York City and it is expected to be extended through this weekend.

This summer, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation will operate a cooling center at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street; it opened today and will be open through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Older adults, people with chronic health conditions and those without air conditioning are most at risk. For the locations and hours of other New York City cooling centers or more information on avoiding heat illness, please visit: http:// or call 3-1-1.


We will update on any future developments.

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