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Find Your Local Cooling Center and Protect Yourself From the Summer Heat

Public areas like indoor malls, grocery stores, movie theaters and libraries are great air-conditioned spots to get out of the heat.

Why the Heat Is Worse in Urban Areas

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Steve Sosna explains why the cumulative effect and urban heat island effect causes metropolitan areas to feel even hotter.

(Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

The Philadelphia area is about to experience its hottest weather in more than a decade, with sweltering temperatures that feel as hot as 120 degrees at times during the afternoon hours Friday through Monday.

Philadelphia Cooling Stations

Source: City of Philadelphia
Map by Yuqing Liu/NBC

It is critical that you stay in air conditioned areas, and hydrated, during the extreme heat. Reach out to your family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are also safe.

To protect people from heat-related illnesses, counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have designated certain buildings as cooling centers, or free, air-conditioned buildings for people to escape the heat wave.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has also launched a Heatline for people who need assistance due to the high temperatures: (215)765-9040.

Public areas like indoor malls, grocery stores, movie theaters and libraries are great air-conditioned spots to get out of the heat.

Here are the cooling centers in the greater Philadelphia area:

Note: NBC10 is continuing to update this list as county officials provide additional information.

Atlantic County

• Atlantic County Library Egg Harbor Township Branch - 1 Swift Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

• Jeffries Towers Senior Center - 227 North Vermont Ave, Atlantic City, NJ

• Pogachefsky Senior Center - 1102 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Brigantine Branch - 201 15th St South, Brigantine, NJ

• Brigantine Beach Senior Community Center - 265 42nd Street South, Brigantine, NJ

• Buena Senior Center - 600 Central Ave, Buena, NJ

Dos and Don'ts in Extreme HeatDos and Don'ts in Extreme Heat

When the temperatures begin to rise, it's important to know what you should and shouldn't do to keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are some tips.

(Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019)

• Atlantic County Library - Egg Harbor City Branch - 134 Philadelphia Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ

• Egg Harbor City Center - 341-351 Cincinnati Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ

• Egg Harbor Township Community Senior Center - 5045 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Galloway Township Branch - 306 E Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Hammonton Branch - 451 Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, NJ

• Hammonton Senior Center - 310 Bellevue Ave, Hammonton, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Longport - 2305 Atlantic Ave, Longport, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Mays Landing Branch - 40 Farragut Avenue, Mays Landing, NJ

• Dr. Arthur Leinweber Senior Center - 235 Dolphin Ave, Northfield, NJ

• Atlantic County Library Pleasantville Branch - 22 Martin L. King Jr. Avenue, Plesantville, NJ

• Atlantic County Library - Somers Point Branch - 801 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ

• Ventnor Senior Center - 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor, NJ

• Atlantic County Library - Ventnor Branch - 6500 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor City, NJ

Berks County

Note: NBC10 reached out to Berks County officials and we are awaiting a response.

Bucks County

Senior Centers:

• Bensalem Senior Center - 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

• Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center - 301 Wood Street, Bristol, PA 19007

• Bristol Township Senior Center - 2501 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007

• Morrisville Senior Center - 31 E. Cleveland Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067

• Upper Bucks Senior Center, Milford Square Fire Co. Social Hall - 2183 Milford Square Pike, Quakertown, PA 18951

Burlington County

Libraries:

• Bordentown Library - 18 East Union Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505

• Burlington County Library - 5 Pioneer Boulevard Westampton, NJ 08060

• Cinnaminson Library - 1619 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

• Evesham Library - 984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton, NJ 08053

• Maple Shade Library - 200 Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

• Pemberton Library - 16 Broadway, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

• Pinelands Library - 39 Allen Avenue, Medford, NJ 08055

• Riverton Library - 306 Main Street, Riverton, NJ 08077

Camden County

Libraries:

• Cherry Hill Public Library - 1100 Kings Hwy North Cherry Hill

• Oaklyn Borough Library - 602 Newton Aves. Oaklyn Borough

• Pennsauken Borough Library - 5605 N. Crescent Blvd. Pennsauken

• Collingswood Borough Library - 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood

• Clementon Borough Library - 195 Gibbsboro Rd. Clementon

• Haddon Heights Borough Library - 608 Station Ave. Haddon Heights

• Haddon Township County Library - 15 McArthur Blvd. Haddon Township

• Voorhees Library Regional Branch - 203 Laurel Road Voorhees

Senior Centers/Community Centers:

• Audubon Senior Center - 247 Oakland Ave. Audubon

• Barrington Borough Senior Center - 229 Trenton Ave. Barrington

• Berlin Township Senior Center - 240 Pine Ave. W. Berlin

• Collingswood Borough Senior Center - 30 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood

• Gibbsboro Borough Senior Center - Haddonfield-Berlin Rd. Gibbsboro

• Winslow, Edward “Bud” Duble Center - 33 Cooper Folly Road Winslow Township.

• Audubon Park Borough - 20 C Road Audubon

• Bellmawr Borough Community Center - 29 East Browning Rd. Bellmawr

• Berlin Borough Inter-Community Amb - 8 Park Ave. Berlin

• Brooklawn Borough Community Center - 101 2nd Str Brooklawn

• Cramer Hill Community Center - 1035 Reeves Ave. Camden

• N. Camden Community Center - 6th & Eerie Camden

• Martin Luther King Community Center - 1151 Haddon Ave. Camden

• Malandra Hall - 1200 S. Merrimac Rd Camden

• Isabel Miller Community Center - 8th & Carl Miller Blvd. Camden

• Charles “Poppy” Sharp Community Center - 713-15 Broadway Ave. Camden

• Cherry Hill Township Community Center - 820 Mercer St. Cherry Hill

• Cherry Hill Mall - 2000 Route 38 West Cherry Hill

• Chesilhurst Borough Community Center - 511 Edwards St. Chesilhurst

• Collingswood Borough Boro - 678 Haddon Avenue Collingswood

• Collingswood Fire House - 20 West Collings Ave. Collingswood

• Gibbsboro Borough Hall - 49 Kirkwood Rd. Gibbsboro

• Gloucester City Fire Department - 1 N. King Ave. Gloucester City

• Hider Lane Senior Center - 1571 Hider Ln. Gloucester Township.

• Gloucester Township. Borough Hall - 1261 Chews Landing Rd. Gloucester Township.

• Haddonfield Borough (Mabel Kay House) - 24 Walnut St. Haddonfield

• Haddon Heights Borough Hall - 625 Station Avenue Haddon Heights

• Father & Son Hall - Ormond Ave. Haddon Township

• Hi-Nella Borough Hall - 100 Wykagyl Rd. Hi-Nella

• Lawnside Borough Hall - 4 East Douglas Lawnside Borough

• Wayne Bryant Comm. Center - 323 E. Charleston Ave. Lawnside Borough

• Lindenwold Community Building- 356 White Horse Pike Lindenwold

• Magnolia Borough Hall - 438 Wes Evesham Road Magnolia Borough

• Merchantville Borough Comm. Center - 212 Somerset Avenue, Merchantville

• Mount Ephraim Borough Hall Court - 121 S. Black Horse Pike Mt. Ephraim

• Oaklyn Borough Courthouse - 20 W. Clinton Ave. Oaklyn Borough

• Pine Hill Senior Citizens Center - 131 East 12th Ave., Pine Hill Borough

• Pine Hill Recreation Center - 45 West 7th Ave., Pine Hill Borough

• Runnemede Fire Hall - 26 East 2nd Ave., Runnemede

• Runnemede Senior Center - 3rd Avenue & Irish Hill Rd. Runnemede

• Somerdale Borough Hall - 105 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale Borough

• Stratford Borough Hall - 307 Union Hall, Stratford Borough

• Voorhees Towne Center - 2120 Voorhees Town Center Voorhees

• Waterford Senior Citizen Community Center - 474 East Atlantic Ave. Waterford Township

• Waterford Township. Borough Hall - 2131 Auburn Ave., Waterford Township.

• Woodlynne Municipal Building - 200 Cooper Ave. Woodlynne

The Camden County Freeholder Board is distributing free fans to senior citizens with an income of $25,000 or less. Residents can call the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services at 856-858-3220 for more information.

Cape May County

Note: NBC10 reached out to Cape May County officials and we are awaiting a response.

Chester County

Senior Centers:

• Coatesville Area Senior Adult Center - 250 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Coatesville, PA 19320

• Thorndale United Methodist Church Community Room - 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

• Kennett Square Senior Center - 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

• Oxford Senior Center - 12 East Locust Street, Oxford, PA 19363

• Phoenixville Area Senior Center - 153 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

• Surrey Services for Seniors - 60 Surrey Way, Devon, PA 19333

• West Chester Area Senior Center - 530 East Union Street, West Chester, PA 19382

Cumberland County

• Bridgeton Free Public Library - 150 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ

• Cumberland County Library - 800 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ

• Cumberland County Office on Aging & Disabled - 800 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ

• Jean Rugenus Multi-Purpose Senior Center - Burt St. & Babe Ruth Rd., Bridgeton, NJ

• West Cumberland Senior Center - 10 Cassidy Court, Bridgeton, NJ

• Lawrence Township Senior Citizen Center - 14 Mulford Drive, Cedarville, NJ

• Fairfield Township Senior Center - 70 Fairton-Gouldtown Rd, Fairton, NJ

• Louise Moore Senior Center - 8879 Highland St, Haleyville, NJ

• Maurice River Township Senior Center - 590 Main Street, Leesburg, NJ

• Millville Center - Genesis HealthCare Corp - 54 Sharp Street, Millville, NJ

• Millville Public Library - 210 Buck Street, Millville, NJ

• Millville Sharing Center - 130 South Second Street, Millville, NJ

• Downe Township Senior Center - 288 Main Street, Newport, NJ

• Charlotte Brago Senior Center - 736 Landis Avenue, Rosenhayn, NJ

• Edgar Joyce Senior Center - 1323 Highway 77, Seabrook, NJ

• Vineland (Fiorilli) Senior Center - 6th and Elmer Streets, Vineland, NJ

• Vineland Public Library - 1058 East Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ

• Vineland Sharing Center - Tarkiln Acres Community Hall, Tarkiln Drive, Vineland, NJ

Delaware County

Senior Centers:

• Chester Senior Center - 721 Hayes Street, Chester, PA 19013

• Friendship Circle Senior Center - 1515 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, PA 19023

• Good Neighbor Senior Center - 1085 Hook Road, Darby Township, PA 19079

• Havertown Senior Center - (temporary location) 404 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, PA 19083 

• Hometown Senior Center - 302 S. Jackson Street, Media, PA 19063

• Schoolhouse Senior Center - 600 Swarthmore Avenue, Folsom, PA 19033

• Upper Darby Senior Center - 326 Watkins Avenue, Upper Darby, PA 19082

• Wayne Senior Center - 108 Station Road, Wayne, PA 19087

Gloucester County

• Mantua Township Community Center - 111 Mercer Ave. Mantua, NJ 08080

• Glassboro Senior Center - 152 S. Delsea Dr. Glassboro, NJ 08028

• Thorofare Fire Hall - Firehouse Road Thorofare, NJ 08086

• Pfeiffer Community Center - 301 Blue Bell Street, Williamstown, NJ 08094

• First Baptist Church of Jericho - 981 Mail Avenue, Deptford, NJ 08096

• Second Baptist Church - 1534 Pine Street Paulsboro, NJ 08066

• Gloucester County Division of Social Services - 400 Hollydell Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080

• Shady Lane Nursing Home - 256 County House Road, Clarksboro, NJ 08020

• Glassboro Library - 2 Center Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028

• Greenwich Library - 411 Swedesboro Road, Greenwich Twp. NJ 08027

• Logan Library - 498 Beckett Road, Logan Twp. NJ 08085

• Mullica Hill Library - 389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

• Newfield Library - 115 Catawba Ave., Newfield, NJ 08344

• Swedesboro Library - 1422 Kinds Hwy., Swedesboro, NJ 08085

For Library locations residents can call the Gloucester County Library System at 856-223-6000 or visit their website.

Lehigh County

Note: NBC10 reached out to Lehigh County officials and we are awaiting a response.

Mercer County

Libraries:

• Ewing Branch - 61 Scotch Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

• Hickory Corner Branch - 138 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor, NJ 08520

• Hightstown Memorial Branch - 114 Franklin St, Hightstown, NJ 08520

• Hollowbrook Branch Library - 320 Hollowbrook Dr, Ewing Township, NJ 08638

• Hopewell Branch - 245 Pennington Titusville Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534

• Lawrence Headquarters Branch - 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

• Robbinsville Branch - 42 Robbinsville Allentown Rd, Robbinsville Twp, NJ 08691

• Twin Rivers Branch - 276 Abbington Dr, East Windsor, NJ 08520

• West Windsor Branch - 333 N Post Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Senior Centers:

• Hamilton Twp Senior Citizens - 409 Cypress Ln, Trenton, NJ 08619

• Ewing Township Senior & Community Center - 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628

• Hopewell Valley Senior Center - 2 Reading Street, Pennington, NJ 08534

• Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center - 301 Prospect St, Trenton, NJ 08618

• Lawrence Township Senior Center - 14 Mulford Ave, Cedarville, NJ 08311

• Princeton Senior Resource Center - 45 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540

• Pleasant Street Center - 49 Pleasant St, Reading, MA 01867

• Samuel Naples Senior Citizen - 611 Chestnut Ave, Trenton, NJ 08611

• Robbinsville Twp Senior Center - 1117 US-130, Robbinsville Twp, NJ 08691

Montgomery County

Senior Centers:

• Montco SAAC Norristown - 536 George Street, Norristown, PA 19401

• Encore Experiences -312 Alumni Ave, Harlysville, PA 19438

• Generations of Indian Valley - 259 N. 2nd Street, Souderton, PA 18964

• The Peak Center - 606 E. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19446

• Positive Aging in Lower Merion - 117 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

• Montco SAAC Ambler - 45 Forest Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

• The Open Link - 517 Jefferson Street, East Greenville, PA 18041

• TriCounty Active Adult Center - 288 Moser Road, Pottstown, PA 19464

• KleinLife - 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19207

 

New Castle County

Libraries:

• Appoquinimink Library - 651 N. Broad St. Middletown DE 19709

• Bear Library - 101 Governor's Pl., Bear DE 19701

• Brandywine Hundred Library - 1300 Foulk Rd., Wilmington DE 19803

• Claymont Library - 400 Lenape Way, Claymont DE 19703

• Elsmere Library - 30 Spruce Ave., Wilmington DE 19805

• Hockessin Library - 1023 Valley Rd., Hockessin DE 19707

• Kirkwood Library - 6000 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilm. DE 19808

• Newark Free Library - 750 Library Ave., Newark DE 19711

• Route 9 Library - 3022 New Castle Ave. New Castle DE 19720

• Woodlawn Library - 2020 W. Ninth St., Wilm. DE 19805

• Corbit-Calloway Library - 2nd & High Sts., Odessa DE 19730

• Delaware City Library - 250 5th Street, Delaware City DE 19706

• New Castle Library 424 Delaware St., New Castle DE 19720

• Wilmington Public Library - 10 E 10th St., Wilm, DE 19801

• North Wilmington Branch - 3400 N. Market St., Wilm DE 19802

Philadelphia

Libraries:

• Blanche Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch - 5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19143

• Frankford Branch - 4634 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

• Logan Library - 1333 Wagner Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

• Haddington Branch - 446 N 65Th St, Philadelphia, PA 19151

• Lillian Marrero Library - 601 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133

• Oak Lane Branch - 6614 N 12Th St, Philadelphia, PA 19126

• Fumo Family Library - 2437 S. Broad Street, Philadephia, PA

• Widener Branch - 2808 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

• Joseph Coleman Northwest Regional Library - 68 W Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

• Lucien Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library - 125 S 52Nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

• Fox Chase Library - 501 Rhawn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Senior Centers:

• South Philadelphia Older Adult Center - 1430 E Passyunk Ave

• West Oak Lane Senior Center - 7210-18 Ogontz Ave

• Rivera Recreation Center - 3201 N 5Th St

• Juniata Park Older Adult Center - 1231 E Sedgley Ave

• Martin Luther King Recreation Center - 2101-35 Cecil B Moore Ave

• Abbotsford Community Center 3326 McMichael Street 19129

• Fairhill Apartments Community Center - 2443 N. 11th Street 19133

• Germantown House - 5457 Wayne Avenue 19144

• Gladys B. Jacobs Community Center - 1100 Fairmount Avenue 19123

• Greater Grays Ferry Senior Center - 3001 Moore Street 19145

• Harrison Plaza Community Center - 1350 N. 10th Street 19122

• Holmecrest Community Center - 8133 Erdrick Street 19136

• John F. Street Community Center - 1100 Poplar Street 19123

• Johnson Homes Community Center - 2500 W. Norris Street 19121

• Katie B. Jackson Community Center - 400 N. 50th Street 19139

• Mt. Olivet Community Center - 542 N. 41st Street 19104

• Nellie Reynolds Gardens - 2653 Glenwood Avenue 19121

• Norris Apartments Community Center - 1939 N. 11th Street 19122

• Oxford Village - 6150 Algon Avenue 19111

• Paschall Village - 7200 Woodland Avenue 19142

• Raymond Rosen - 2301 Edgley Street 19121

• Suffolk Manor - 1416 Clearview Street 19141

• Warnock Community Center - 2862 Germantown Avenue 19133

• Wilson Park Senior Center - 2500 Jackson Street 19145

• Bentley Hall Community Center - 1710 N. Croskey Street 19121

• Emlen Arms Community Center - 6733 Emlen Street 19144

• Plymouth Hall Community Center - 2201 W. Venango Street 19140

Public Spray Grounds:

• Clemente Playground - 1800 Wallace St Philadelphia, PA 19130

• Athletic Recreation Center - 1401-55 N 27Th St Philadelphia, PA 19121

• Herron Playground - 1322 S 2Nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147

• Ferko Playground - 1101 E Cayuga St Philadelphia, PA 19124

• Parkside-Evans Recreation Center - 5301 Parkside Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131

• Waterview Recreation Center - 5826 Mc Mahon Ave Philadelphia, PA 19144

• Smith Playground - 2200 S 24Th St Philadelphia, PA 19145

• 48th & Woodland Playground - 4740 Woodland Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143

Public Pools:

• Athletic Recreation Center - 1401-55 N 27Th St Philadelphia, PA 19121

• Carousel House - 1701 Belmont Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131

• Dendy Recreation Center - 1501-39 N 10Th St Philadelphia, PA 19122

• Baker Playground - 5431-43 Lansdowne Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131

• Cruz Recreation Center - 1400-52 N 05Th St Philadelphia, PA 19122

• Lederer Pool at Fishtown Playground - 1202-32 E Montgomery Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

• Francisville Playground - 1737-39 Francis St Philadelphia, PA 19121

• East Poplar Playground - 800 N 08Th St Philadelphia, PA 19123

• Shepard Recreation Center - 5700 Haverford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131

• 39th St & Olive Playground - 700-14 N 39Th St Philadelphia, PA 19104

• Mill Creek Playground - 743-81 N 48Th St Philadelphia, PA 19139

• Northern Liberties Recreation Center - 313-27 Fairmount Ave Philadelphia, PA 19123

• Lee Cultural Center - 4310 Haverford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19101

• Sayre Morris - 5825 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19139

• Christy Recreation Center - 728 S 55Th St Philadelphia, PA 19143

• O'Connor Pool - 2601-13 South St Philadelphia, PA 19146

• Kingsessing Recreation Center - 4901 Kingsessing Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143

• Marian Anderson Recreation Center - 740 S 17Th St Philadelphia, PA 19146

• Hancock Playground - 147 Master St Philadelphia, PA 19122

• Ridgway Pool - 1301 Carpenter St Philadelphia, PA 19147

• Chew Playground - 1800 Washington Ave Philadelphia, PA 19146

• Stinger Square Playground - 1400 S 32Nd St Philadelphia, PA 19146

• Myers Recreation Center - 5800 Chester Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143

• Vare Recreation Center - 2600 Morris St Philadelphia, PA 19145

• Ford Playground - 609-39 Snyder Ave Philadelphia, PA 19148

• Pickett School - 5700 Wayne Ave Philadelphia, PA 19144

• Hartranft Pool - 800 Cumberland St. Philadelphia, PA 19133

• Houseman Recreation Center - 5091 Summerdale Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19124

• Lonnie Young Recreation Center - 1100 E. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19138

• Pleasant Playground - 6720 Boyer St. Philadelphia, PA 19119

• Sacks Playground - 400 Washington Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147

• Tustin Playground - 5901-29 W. Columbia Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19151

• Cobbs Creek Park & Rec Center - 12 Cobbs Creek Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19143