“Cooling stations” open in Sussex County

It’s not even summer yet and already Delaware is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year.

With daytime temps in the upper 90’s, and heat indexes above 100 degrees, this week, Sussex County is opening up four “cooling stations” to help its residents escape the heat.

The air-conditioned facilities available to the public include:

County Administration Building2 The CircleGeorgetown, DE7 a.m.-10 p.m. M-F

South Coastal Library43 Kent Ave.Bethany Beach, DE10 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 1-5 p.m. F;9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

Milton Library121 Union StreetMilton, DE10 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.

Greenwood Library100 Mill StreetGreenwood, DE10 a.m.-8 p.m. M, T, Th, F; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. W;10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.

Sussex County says paramedics will make routine stops at these locations to answer any heat-related questions and/or concerns; free water will be available at the County Administration Building ONLY.

“High body temperatures and dehydration will make other medical conditions such as heart and breathing problems much worse,” said Sussex County Emergency Medical Services Director Robert Stuart. “It is very important to stay cool and hydrated when the heat index reaches these dangerous levels.”

During this heatwave, residents and visitors are urged to limit time outside, particularly during the peak hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Those who must be outside are encouraged to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, avoid strenuous activity and be aware of signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Summer officially begins June 21st.

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