Western Massachusetts residents dealing with high temperatures

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A heat advisory is in effect for all of western Massachusetts through Tuesday. 

Ninety-degree temperatures for a second consecutive day meant western Massachusetts marked day-two of an expected heat wave Monday, and people headed to pools and splash parks to keep cool. 

In Springfield, cooling centers were opened, and Monday night’s Movie in the Park was canceled because of the excessive heat. 

But  Chicopee resident Tricia Viafara said the hot weather wasn’t enough to keep her indoors. 

“I worked so I worked in the AC, kids stayed cool in the pool,” Viafara said. “I actually did think the heat was going to break, it didn’t, but it didn’t really stop us from coming out.”

Drinking more water and limiting activities like jogging and mowing the lawn to early morning and late evening hours can help beat the heat.

Local parents told 22News they took extra steps today to keep their kids cool. 

“Ice packs, we packed some ice packs and tried to keep cool like that,” Lillian Colon of Chicopee told 22News. “I have a small baby, so wetting his hair,  keeping him cool like that.”

Kids and the elderly are at particularly high risk for health problems in these high temperatures.

Below is a list of cooling centers in Springfield:

Days and Hours
359 Plainfield St.
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 8pm
East Forest Park
122 Island Pond Rd
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm
East Springfield
21 Osborne Terr
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm
Forest Park
380 Belmont Ave.
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 10am – 5pm
Indian Orchard
Library Express at Pine Point
44 Oak St.
204 Boston Rd.
Monday, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Mason Square
765 State Street.
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm
Sixteen Acres
1187 Parker St.
Monday, 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 8pm
Additional Sites:
Clodo Concepcion Center
Hungry Hill Senior Center
1187 1/2 Parker St.
773 Liberty Street
Monday, 9am – 8pm
Tuesday, 9am – 8pm
Monday, 9am – 4pm
Tuesday, 9am – 4pm
Riverview Center
Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
122 Clyde Street
1476 Roosevelt Ave.
Tuesday, 9am – 4pm
Monday, 9am – 4pm
Tuesday, 9am – 4pm
Another great way to beat the summer heat is to visit one of the City’s pools and splash pads:
Forest Park Pool 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gerena Pool 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Five Mile Pond 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Following spray park sites are currently open:
Adams Park
Barrows Park
Calhoun Park
Emerson Wight Park
Emily Bill Park
Forest Park
Hubbard Park
Jaime Ulloa Park
Kenefick Park
Magazine Park
Marshal Roy Park
Mary Troy Park
Myrtle Street Park
Nathan Bill Park
Yollie Nahorniak Park
Rebecca Johnson Park
Ruth Elizabeth Park
Van Horn

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