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The official start of the summer on Thursday is making a bold entrance as the Garden State preps for scorching temperatures this week.

Lanette Espy

Jun 17, 2024, 1:27 PM

Updated 27 days ago


A huge warm up is looming as the Garden State is expected to see its first heat wave of 2024 this week.
A heat advisory is in effect from 12 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday for multiple New Jersey counties as heat index values of 95-100 are expected.
There is an excessive heat watch in effect for the state in advance of high heat starting Wednesday, where feel-like temperatures will exceed 105 degrees.

What is a heat advisory?

A heat advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to 104 degrees for any length of time.

What is a heat wave?

A heat wave is defined as at least three consecutive days with temperatures that reach 90 degrees or above.

How should I prepare?

Seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions are at an increased risk. Residents are advised to use air conditioning to stay cool at home or go to a place that has air conditioning.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Officials are advising residents to check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors. Officials also say heat stroke is an emergency. In cases of heat stroke, call 911.

Cooling centers, ways to cool down

Looking for ways to beat the heat? In anticipation of excessive heat over the next several days, many towns are offering ways for residents to catch a break from the high temperatures. Several municipalities are designating public spaces such as public libraries, shopping centers, recreation, and senior centers as cooling centers.
Asbury Park: Water spray park on Atkins Avenue. Open daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting. Free admission. Children must be supervised by an adult.
Asbury Park Senior Center at Atkins and Springwood will serve as a cooling center for the local communities and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
East Rutherford: Cooling center at Southwest Bergen Senior Activity Center , 147 Hackensack St. 201-935-8920.
Edison: Cooling centers will open from Monday until Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Township of Edison’s Senior Citizen Center, 2963 Woodbridge Ave. Dates/times will be updated as needed if heat advisories continue into the weekend.
Garfield: Cooling center will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Garfield Senior Activity Center, 480 Midland Ave., Garfield. 973-478-0502.
Hackensack: Cooling center at County Administration Building , One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, 1st floor. 201-336-7300.
Midland Park: Cooling center at Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center , 46-50 Center St., Midland Park. 201-445-5690.
Passaic County: Cooling centers are available throughout the county. More information.
Paterson: Paterson is operating several cooling and water distribution sites thru Friday.
  • Broadway Main Library, 250 Broadway, from 9 to 6 p.m.
  • Christopher Hope Center, 60 Temple St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • South Paterson Library, 930 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saddle Brook: Emergency cooling centers opened at several locations in the township:
  • Saddle Brook Library, 340 Mayhill Street , Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 5 p.m.
  • Saddle Brook Civic Center, 55 Mayhill St., Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saddle Brook Senior Center, 8 Caldwell Ave. , Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sparta: The Sparta Go 2 Center will be open to anyone who needs a place to cool down or recharge their phones. Sparta Police Department Lobby is open 24 hours. Sparta Library is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Saturday from 8:30 to 1 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
Teaneck: An emergency cooling center will open at the Richard Rodda Center, 250 Colonial Court. Room MP1 will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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