The Maine DEP says today's heat index could be dangerous to even healthy children and adults, so the City of Bangor has set up a cooling station to give residents without air conditioning some relief.

It's brutally hot outside, and with this being the second day of the heat wave, experts say the heat index will push past 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory across most of the state, with warnings about limiting outside activity, staying hydrated, and spending as much time as possible in cooled rooms.

So, as a source of relief for anyone without access to air conditioning, the Parks & Recreation building at 647 Main Street will keep a cooling station open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Residents are urged to use the room as a respite from the hot weather.

The City of Bangor is also offering some tips on keeping cool and safe, until we see some relief from the heat wave:

  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water
  • Spend as much time in air-conditioned spaces as possible
  • Check in with any elderly family or neighbors to make sure they're cool enough and taking precautions
  • Make sure your pet is staying hydrated and limit their time outside
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, with light-colored, loose-fitting clothes
  • Use sunscreen whenever you go out and reapply as necessary
  • Postpone unnecessary outdoor activities
  • Limit children's time outside and keep them inside where it's cooler

For information about a cooling center near you, call 211.