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Newport News opens facilities Sunday for residents to cool down after heat advisory issued

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 17:11:02-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The City of Newport News is set to open several facilities for residents who need to escape the heat after a heat advisory has been issued for noon until 9 p.m. Sunday, across Virginia and North Carolina.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s Sunday through Tuesday, with heat index values in the mid- to upper 100s.

The following buildings will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday:

· Doris Miller Community Center & Pool: 2814 Wickham Avenue
· Courthouse Way Community Center: 14302 Old Courthouse Way
· Main Street Library: 110 Main Street
· Four Oaks Day Service Center for the Homeless: 7401 Warwick Boulevard

In addition, Huntington Park Beach will have lifeguards on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For Monday and Tuesday, citizens can visit open city facilities, including community centers, libraries during normal hours to seek relief from the heat.

The Brittingham-Midtown and Denbigh community centers are not available for use as cooling locations due to childcare licensing restrictions associated with COVID-19.

During times of extreme temperatures, it is important for individuals to monitor and limit their exposure to the heat. The very young, elderly, and those with certain medical conditions are especially vulnerable to prolonged exposure to excessive heat.