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City Opens Cooling Centers as Heat Wave Sizzles

The high today will be 97 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of Rhode Island today. In Cranston, it will get up to 97 degrees, prompting city officials to open two cooling centers for those without air conditioning.

You can cool your heels at the , 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, today and tomorrow (Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also go to the , 1070 Cranston Street, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Residents can expect temperatures to peak in the mid 90s, with humidity levels reaching 70 degrees. The combined readings will make it feel closer to 102.

Heat index values that reach 103 degrees will result in dangerous conditions for those spending prolonged periods of time outdoors.

To reduce the risk of heat illness, the NWS recommends drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun.

Any outdoor activities during these hours should be rescheduled for earlier or later in the day. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.

If you notice anyone overcome by heat, they should be moved to a cool and shaded location, then call 911.

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