Wake County cooling stations to remain open as extreme heat persists

Emergency officials encourage residents to stay safe in high temperatures

With continued sky-high temperatures in the forecast, Wake County’s temporary cooling stations will stay open to provide shelter from the triple-digit heat indices. The stations first opened Saturday, June 22, and due to the extension, they will remain available through at least Sunday, June 30, depending on the forecast.

"Long periods of extreme heat can create health risks, especially for vulnerable populations like children and older adults," said Darshan Patel, operations manager with Wake County Emergency Management. "We urge everyone to stay safe by cooling down in an air-conditioned space. Our cooling stations are always a great option, but don't forget about other public buildings like grocery stores and movie theaters."

The schedule for the cooling stations is below:

Wake County Public Libraries

Thursday through Sunday:

Closing times for libraries vary, so visitors should check online or call their local library for site-specific information.

Regional Centers and Health and Human Services Centers

Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.:

Sites that are not normally open to the public, such as EMS stations, fire stations and county fleet maintenance buildings, will not be available as cooling stations.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Adults older than 65, children younger than 4, people with existing medical conditions and those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk on days with high temperatures. Drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun are critical precautions. People should also check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure they have access to heat relief and hydration.

To stay safe and cool during extreme heat, residents are encouraged to:

  • Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Familiarize themselves with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
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