Auburn Opens Cooling Center for Heat Wave

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AUBURN, Mass. — The town of Auburn will open a cooling station at the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center to provide a place for residents to go who need relief from the extreme heat coming our way. 

The cooling center at 4 Goddard Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The town arranged to extend the hours of operation at the Senior Center to provide an air-conditioned facility for residents. The weather forecast for the next three days predicts high temperatures of more than 90 degrees, which could create a dangerous heat index level. 

Check out www.auburnguide.com for updated information on the hours of operation of the cooling station or call the Senior Center at 508-832-7799.

The elderly, young children and those with chronic illnesses are the most at risk during periods of extreme heat. Therefore, Auburn, through its divisions of Elder Affairs, Emergency Management and Public Health, in conjunction with the Auburn Board of Health, the Auburn Council on Aging and the Community Emergency Response Team, is working to staff the cooling station to aid the most vulnerable residents.

ABOVE: Dr. Mary-Elise Manuell, emergency physician and director of disaster medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center, offers tips on staying hydrated in the summer heat.

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