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Eastern Iowa Cooling Centers

City of Iowa City facilities open for residents to stay cool during heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for the area through 10 p.m. Tuesday. With temperatures reaching into the mid-90s, combined with humidity levels, heat index values are likely to reach 100 during the afternoon hours.

Several City of Iowa City facilities are available if residents need a place to cool off:

The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, and Scanlon Gymnasium/Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive, offer air conditioning as well as a variety of indoor recreational opportunities. Weekday hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, and 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Scanlon/Mercer. The gym and racquetball court at Robert A. Lee will be closed until the morning of Sept. 3 for resurfacing, but there are plenty of other activities available.

The City's pools and splash pads also provide opportunities to cool down. Open swim hours during the week are as follows:

Robert A. Lee Pool: Open all week from 1 to 4:30 p.m., with an additional swim time of 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

City Park Pool: Open all week from 1 to 5 p.m., with Twilight Swim (reduced fee of $2) from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mercer Park Pool: Currently closed for routine maintenance and cleaning, but the rest of Scanlon Gymnasium/Mercer Park Aquatic Center is still open and air conditioned.

Splash pads: The splash pads in Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive, and Fairmeadows Park, 2500 Miami Drive, offer a cool respite. They're open daily until 8 p.m. for no fee.

The Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street, is also a great place to cool off. Residents can get started on a terrific book or check out the variety of other materials available. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Senior Center, 28 S. Linn Street, is open to the general public between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors can learn about the many programs available for seniors, read a magazine or grab a book from the book exchange, watch a free movie on Friday afternoon, or enjoy lunch prepared by Elder Services from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for lunch is $4 for people over 60, and $5 for those under 60.

For more information, contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058.


Heat Advisory & Cooling Center Schedule

Public Cooling Centers have been established August 26-27, 2013:

Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 360 W 11th St

o Monday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

o Tuesday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

Multi-Cultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave

o Monday, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM

o Tuesday, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM

Due to extreme temperatures Monday and Tuesday, the City of Dubuque is advising citizens to take precautionary measures to prevent heat-related illness. To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

Use a buddy system: Check on your neighbor, friends, and relatives. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.

If experiencing a lot of sweating, especially over several hours, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts, such as sports drinks and special rehydration fluids.

Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.

Wear hats that shade your face, such as sun hats, visors, etc.

Keep in the shade, cool or air conditioned areas as much as possible.

Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, the people at greatest risk include:

People age 65 or older.

Infants and young children.

Overweight Individuals

People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors.

People who have chronic health conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or those who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

For further excessive heat information and resources, phone 211 for the most current information and resources.

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