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Charlottesville Cooling Centers Open During Heat Advisory

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Key Recreation Center Key Recreation Center
Brian Wheeler Brian Wheeler
Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Tonsler Recreation Center (FILE IMAGE) Tonsler Recreation Center (FILE IMAGE)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville is again offering shelter to those who need to get away from the hot temperatures.

The city opened three cooling centers Monday, July 2: The Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center, and the Central Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

"It's a safety concern. So we want to make sure we're being proactive, encouraging the public to seek shelter when appropriate, when they need it. Otherwise the worse-case scenario is we have to send public safety resources to their house," said Charlottesville Director of Communications Brian Wheeler.

Charlottesville opens these centers when the heat index is more than 100 degrees.

Hours of operation for Key Rec. are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tonsler Rec. is available noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday

Both centers will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sunday. It will be closed on July 4.

Water is accessible at all locations.


07/02/2018 Release from the City of Charlottesville:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - For those affected by the excessive heat expected in our area, the city has designated Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Central Branch) as cooling centers.

If the heat advisory continues on Wednesday, July 4th, please note the change in operating hours for these cooling center locations.

COOLING CENTERS HOURS OF OPERATION (Google Map)

Key Recreation Center is located at 800 E. Market Street. The hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
* Wednesday, July 4th hours will be from noon to 4 p.m.

Tonsler Recreation Center is located at 501 Cherry Avenue. The hours of operation are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.
* Wednesday, July 4th hours will be from noon to 4 p.m.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (Central Branch) is located at 201 E. Market Street. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sunday.
* Wednesday, July 4th the library will be CLOSED

Water is accessible at all locations.

MORE HEAT-RELATED INFORMATION

Heat is the number one weather-related cause of death in the United States every year.

The combination of temperatures in the upper 90s and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. Most susceptible are the very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities.

  • 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 light weight, loose fitting clothing.
  • Never leave children unattended in a vehicle. Check the backseat 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.

If you feel you are experiencing heat-related symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately or call 911.