Extreme Heat: List of cooling centers available in the North Country | WWTI

NEW YORK (WWTI) – Dangerous heat conditions continue to affect New Yorkers and are expected to last through the weekend.

The National Weather Service expects heat index values ​​to exceed 90 degrees across most of the state, with areas from Albany to New York reaching or exceeding 100 degrees on Sunday.

Regional Cooling Centers are available across the state to help New Yorkers stay cool and safe in extreme heat conditions. A full list and map of locations is available online.

The following locations are listed as available cooling centers for the North Country:

Jefferson County

Jefferson County Emergency
Operations Center
753 Waterman Drive,
Watertown, NY 13601
315-788-1441 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
and as needed
Salmon Run Shopping Center 21182 Salmon Run Mall West Loop,
Watertown, NY 13601
315-788-9210 Mon-Sat 10am-8am
Sun 11am-6pm

Lewis County

Lewis County Courthouse 7660 N State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
315-376-5347 Call for opening hours
Lewis County General Hospital 7785 N State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
315-376-5200 Call for opening hours
Northern Regional Center
for independent living
5520 Jackson Street
Lowville, NY 13367
315-836-3735 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walmart Supercenter 7155 NY-12
Lowville, NY 13367
315-376-7030 Call for opening hours

St. Lawrence County

American Red Cross-
Northern country
Call for chill center locations 315-782-4410 Call for opening hours
Helena Fire Department 1175 SH 37C
Helena, NY 13649
315-764-1166 Open depending on the weather.
Please call for opening hours
Louisville Fire Department 14818 SH 37
Massena, NY 13662
315-769-2316 Open depending on the weather.
Please call for opening hours
Massena Fire Department 34 Andrews Street
Massena, NY 13662
315-769-2380 Open depending on the weather.
Please call for opening hours
Morristown Fire Department 200 Morris Street
Morristown, NY 13664
315-375-6703 Open depending on the weather.
Please call for opening hours
Parishville Fire Department 1714 SH 72
Parishville, NY 13672
315-265-6832 Open depending on the weather.
Please call for opening hours
Potsdam Public Library 2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
315-265-7230 Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

The New York State Department of Health collects information about seasonal cooling centers from local health departments and emergency management offices. If a cooling center isn’t available, libraries, supermarkets, malls, and community pools are great places to stay cool.

You should call before you go. Cooling centers may be closed at certain times or only available during extreme heat events. The above details represent the most recent information provided by local agencies.

According to the New York State Department of Health, heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the country.

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • Hot, dry and red skin
  • A rapid pulse
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • A body temperature above 105 degrees
  • Loss of alertness, confusion and/or loss of consciousness.

Governor Kathy Hochul warned New Yorkers on Friday of dangerous heat conditions across the state.

“New Yorkers are incredibly resilient, but when it comes to extreme summer heat and humidity, certain steps should be taken to stay safe, including staying indoors, reducing electricity use, and stay hydrated.” Governor Hochul said. “We need everyone on high alert this weekend, watching for any signs of heat-related illness and taking care of each other.”

Toya J. Bell