City of Dover opens cooling center

Due to the weather, the City of Dover has opened a cooling center to help provide relief from the heat. The cooling center is located in the McConnell Center cafeteria and will be open during regular hours, today through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Those seeking to use the cooling center should enter the McConnell Center through Door #3 and check in at the Recreation Department front desk for directions to the cooling center locations.

The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is also open this week. Public swimming hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

As the hot and humid weather continues, Fire Chief Eric Hagman urges residents to check on elderly neighbors, stay indoors if possible during the hottest part of the day, wear light-colored clothing while outside, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. The combination of heat and high humidity can put people at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Care of pets is also important throughout this weather. Make sure pets have plenty of water to drink and are not left unattended in vehicles, where the temperature can reach 120 degrees quickly.

For more information, contact Fire Chief Eric Hagman at 603-516-6148.