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Breaking News: Heat Advisory Issued For White Plains
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White Plains Cooling Center Open, Pools Open Late

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A cooling center will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and both the Kittrell and Gardella pools will be open an extra hour Saturday in White Plains.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for southern Westchester through 6 p.m. Saturday. With a high around 97 degrees, the heat index, according to the National Weather Service, could be in the 100s.

The White Plains Senior Center, 65 Mitchell Place, will be used as a cooling center.

Both the Kittrell and Gardella pools will be open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Kittrell Pool is on Fisher Avenue and Gardella Pool is on Ferris Avenue. Residents are encouraged to come and cool off, but will need a City of White Plains pool pass.

To get a pool pass, visit the Recreation & Parks Department office, 85 Gedney Way, which is open until 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (914) 422-1336.

Mayor Thomas Roach suggests residents take the following safety measures:

  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, re-schedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. If you must exercise, drink 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour.
  • Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors, ideally, in an air-conditioned place. If your house or apartment doesn't have air conditioning, try spending a few hours at a shopping mall, public library or even the grocery store. A few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Take a cool shower or bath and reduce or eliminate strenuous activities during the hottest time of day.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
  • Never leave anyone – a person or animal – in a closed, parked vehicle. This is life threatening.
  • Neighbors should check on elderly residents and make sure they are safe.
  • Bring pets inside and be sure to provide them with plenty of water.

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