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City Cooling Center Locations Open During Heat Wave
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - For those affected by the excessive heat expected in our area, the City will be designating Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Central Branch) as cooling centers beginning Monday, June 18 until further notice.
Key Recreation Center is located at 800 E. Market Street. The hours of operation are 5 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday; 1pm to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Tonsler Recreation Center is located at 501 Cherry Avenue. The hours of operation are Noon to 9 pm Monday through Friday; Noon to 6 pm Saturday; Closed Sunday.
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Central Branch) is located at 201 E. Market Street. The hours of operation are 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday; 9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday; Closed Sunday.
Water is accessible at all locations.
- Avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun.
- Keep plenty of fluids on hand and try to stay inside, or take frequent breaks in an air-conditioned environment.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children unattended in a vehicle. Check the back seat before exiting. During extreme heat, vehicle temperatures can reach lethal levels in a matter of minutes.
- Routinely check on family members, neighbors, elderly, chronically ill, and friends. If they have air conditioning available encourage them to use it.
- Replace salt and minerals: heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
- If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.