NORFOLK, Va. — With hot temperatures hovering over Hampton Roads this week, staying cool inside won't be a bad idea. And luckily, the seven cities will have places for people to stay safe and healthy.
An area of high pressure, also known as Bermuda High, is drawing hot and humid air from the south into the region, something that will continue through the week. The temperature highs are forecasted to be in the 90s.
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Excessive heat can cause a lot of problems for people's health, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here's the list of places you can go to cool off:
During excessive heat, people in Norfolk are encouraged to take advantage of the city's libraries and the lobbies of community centers. Bottled water will also be provided.
The Barron F. Black Branch is not open as a cooling center.
A spokesperson said the City of Virginia Beach doesn't open specific cooling centers, but people who don't have access to air-conditioned spaces are encouraged to visit one of the city’s libraries to hang out.
The city also recommended going to a public place, such as a mall.
The City of Portsmouth will activate its “Cool City” cooling stations on Wednesday and Thursday for several hours on both days. Water will be provided at all locations.
- Portsmouth Main Library, 601 Court Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Churchland Library, 4934 High Street West from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Cradock Library, 28 Prospect Parkway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Human Services Building (Dept. of Social Services Building), 1701 High Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Senior Station, 3500 Clifford Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Behavioral Healthcare Services Building, 1811 King Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cooling station at the Portsmouth City Hall lobby is temporarily closed due to air conditioner repair work.
A spokesperson for the City of Chesapeake said people are welcome and encouraged to visit any libraries or community centers if they need to seek refuge from the high temperatures.
A spokesperson for the City of Newport News encouraged people to stop by the city's public library branches and community centers to seek relief from the heat.
Additionally, the Four Oaks Day Services and Training Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to support the homeless community. It's located at 7401 Warwick Boulevard.
A spokesperson for the City of Hampton said all libraries and community centers are open for cooling and have cold water.
Also, the homeless support organization HELP has a day center in the Buckroe area and has expanded its hours until 6 p.m. this week.
The organization is also doing outreach, taking water and hydration packs to homeless people.
Two Suffolk Public Library locations are open as designated cooling centers during regular business hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). They will offer access to air conditioning, water fountains and restrooms:
- Morgan Memorial Library, 443 West Washington Street
- North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road