With school back in session this week, the weather still feels like the height of summer with daily high temperatures expected to be in the low to mid 90s all week. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory beginning at noon today, Tuesday, September 5, with temperatures reaching into the low 90s and heat index values ranging from 95-99.
To help keep students and staff healthy and safe during this heat wave, HPS schools are limiting outdoor recess breaks and physical education classes to minimize exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Families are asked to send their children to school with full water bottles so they can remain hydrated on their way to and from school. Each school building offers a water bottle refilling station so students can refill their bottles while at school. Air conditioning will be in use at all HPS schools.
All community members are reminded to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room if possible, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
If you're looking for a place to stay cool, here are some local options:
Holyoke Library, 250 Chestnut Street, is open 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. today through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday.
The Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays.
The Holyoke Mall is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. today through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday.
All three locations are air conditioned, free to enter, and are accessible via public transportation.