Middletown — Mayor Dan Drew has announced that the city will be opening several cooling
centers because of the high heat and humidity that is expected during the next two days.
Residents who are in need of respite from the heat are encouraged to seek air conditioned
comfort in the Municipal Building Council Chamber, 245 Dekoven Drive, from 8:00 AM - 7:00
PM or in the lobby of the Middletown Police Department, 222 Main Street, which will be open
24 hours a day. The Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, will also be available for cooling during
normal business hours. Elderly persons are advised to utilize the Senior Center, 150 William
Street, from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
Transportation to the cooling center at City Hall can be arranged by calling Middletown Area
Mat (MAT) at 860.346.0212 (Ext. 2) until 6:15 PM each day.
Middletown Fire, South Fire District and Westfield Fire District will be opening fire hydrants at
the following locations and during the following times:
•The Highland Crescent Drive Bus Stop 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
•Maplewood Terrace 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cooling Center 2-2-2
•Macdonough School Noon - 3:00 PM; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
•Summer Hill Road and Woodbury Circle 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
•Santangelo Circle Noon - 3:00 PM
•Dadarrio Road 6:00 PM - 800 PM
The City Health Department offered the following advice to cope with the hot weather:
•Avoid strenuous activity when outdoors.
•Wear light weight, loose fitting, and light-colored clothing.
•Drink plenty of water often even if you don’t feel thirsty.
•Limit alcohol intake because it can dehydrate the body.
•Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must be outdoors especially when working, take
frequent breaks and stay well hydrated.
•If you don’t have air conditioning, use a fan to help stay cool. If you don’t have air
conditioning or a fan, stay on the lowest floor level if possible.
•Never leave children or pets unattended in a closed vehicle.
•Don’t leave pets outside for an extended period and be sure that there is plenty of water.
•Check in regularly on family, friends and neighbors.