An excessive heat watch is in effect from the afternoon of Friday, July 19 until the evening of Sunday, July 21 for Essex County and the surrounding areas.
A prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures combined with high humidity is expected to create heat indices in the triple digits this weekend. The Township of Millburn urges residents to stay hydrated and as cool as possible this weekend and throughout the summer months!
Here are some tips for managing the heat:
Keep cool indoors
Try to stay indoors during the hottest times of the day, typically between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Close drapes and blinds on windows that face the sun to prevent heat from impacting indoor temperatures and avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day.
Find a cooling center
If you need to be outside, be aware of cooling centers nearby! Libraries, shopping malls and supermarkets can be used as cooling centers during heat events. A list of nearby centers can be found below.
Wear appropriate clothing
Choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to wear in a heat wave.
Replaces the fluids you lose through sweat by drinking water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Choose cold foods and fruits to eat – they are refreshing and contain more water than other options! A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
Be aware of what heat exhaustion looks like
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, cold and clammy skin, irregular pulse, muscle cramps, weakness or dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke which can turn deadly. Seek medical attention if you are suffering from any of these symptoms.
Be mindful of at-risk groups
Seniors are more prone to heat stress than younger people – please check on your neighbors during prolonged heat events this summer. Infants and young children are also high risk and need additional monitoring for heat-related illness. Never leave children or pets in a parked car, even if windows are open. Remember that hot pavement can seriously harm pets! Keep them indoors whenever possible.
Please visit the CDC website for additional information on dealing with extreme heat: cdc.gov/extremeheat
Essex County is operating a number of cooling centers this weekend to assist those in need, including but not limited to:
- Essex County Codey Arena, open at 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Fairmont Shelter, open at 202 Fairmont Avenue, Newark (hours vary)
- St. Matthews Church, open at 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange (hours vary)
- United Community Corp, open at 31 Fulton Street, Newark (hours vary)
- Irvington Neighborhood, open at 346 16th Avenue, Irvington (hours vary)
- The H.E.L.P. Center, open at 224 Sussex Avenue, Newark (hours vary)
In the Township of Millburn, the following designated cooling centers will be in operation:
- The Mall at Short Hills, open at 1200 Morris Turnpike from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday.
- Millburn Public Library, open at 200 Glen Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
- The Bauer Center, open in Taylor Park from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.