Places to stay cool in western Massachusetts Sunday and Monday

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday’s brutal temperatures forced many people to find ways to beat the heat in western Massachusetts.

While some cities, including Springfield, closed their pools for the summer due to COVID-19, state-run pools are still open with COVID-19 restrictions. Pools are requiring guests to wear masks while inside the facility and sign in with contact information.

Sarah Jane Sherman Pool in Chicopee is one of only four state-run pools in western Massachusetts and they all have capacity limits due to COVID-19.

But pools aren’t the only way people stayed cool.

Northampton and Springfield opened cooling centers throughout the weekend for people without air conditioning to stay cool. Both cities will also open the centers on Monday, Northampton from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Springfield from noon to 6 p.m.

LIST: Cooling centers open in western MA

And when it comes to hot summer days, Emergency Response officials say never leave children or animals unattended in cars on hot days because temperatures inside the car can get deadly.

Remember to check on your friends, family, and neighbors on hot days to make sure everyone is safe and cool.

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