Portsmouth Cooling Stations Activated

In anticipation of Monday’s excessive heat, the City of Portsmouth will activate cooling stations. The following areas will be shelters available to reduce the danger of heat-related illness:

City Hall Lobby, 801 Crawford Street – 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Senior Station, 1701 High Street – 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Main Library, 601 Court Street – 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Cradock Library, 28 Prospect Parkway – 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Manor Library, 1401 Elmhurst Lane – 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Churchland Library, 4934 High Street West – 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Behavioral Healthcare Services, 1811 King Street – 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.

If you must be outside today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the following as symptoms to be aware of:

Heat Exhaustion:
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

If you are experiencing these symptoms, move to a cooler location, sip water, and apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible. Seek medical attention if you vomited and can’t keep anything down.

Heat Stroke:
  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

If you witness these symptoms in another person, DO NOT give them water. Instead call 911 immediately and move them to a cooler location.

Click here for more tips on how to stay cool in this wicked heat!