Cooling centers are open in southern Brunswick as New Jersey faces a heat wave that is also affecting other parts of the United States.
The Southern Brunswick Emergency Management Office has warned residents that they are limiting their outdoor activities for the next few days, July 20.
Public buildings in South Brunswick open for cooling are the South Brunswick Public Library at 110 Kingston Lane and the South Brunswick Senior Center at 540 Ridge Road, according to South Brunswick.
The public library is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The senior center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Use of the South Brunswick Police Department lobby as a cooling station is also available after the library closes.
With the heat index expected to exceed 100 degrees over the course of several days, South Brunswick Mayor Charlie Carley pointed out that residents use air conditioning in public buildings in the township if a break is needed due to high temperatures.
“Staying indoors, drinking plenty of fluids or using one of our air-conditioned community buildings will help us get through this high heat,” Carley said.
South Brunswick isn’t the only municipality telling residents about its cooling centers.
The Township of North Brunswick Senior Center at 15 Linwood Place and the Public Library at 880 Hermann Road were open to residents as cooling centers Monday through Friday during the week of July 23.
On July 20, the National Weather Service (NWS) notified US citizens that excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were in effect in 28 states, from California to New Hampshire.
The service noted that high temperatures in the 90s and 100s will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses.
“Above normal temperatures will continue to prevail across much of the United States through the end of the week, with a significant portion of the population remaining under heat advisories and warnings,” the service said on July 21.
The NWS further said that from eastern New York to New England and from the lower Mississippi to the Carolinas, conditions are expected to be “favorable” for storms creating damaging winds in those areas.
Very warm and humid air will remain in place along the eastern seaboard, according to NWS.
Due to the heat wave, New Jersey American Water has encouraged customers in Somerset County, Middlesex County, Mercer County, Hunterdon County and Union County to conserve water now to avoid d possible restrictions.
“Our systems are currently operating normally at planned capacity, but we are seeing a sharp increase in demand in these counties,” said Tom Shroba, vice president of operations at New Jersey American Water.
“Adopting an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering will have minimal impacts on the individual customer, but will provide significant demand relief on our source of supply.”