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Extreme Heat Warnings: Portsmouth Offers Cooling Center

Portsmouth has a dedicated cooling center to help residents stay cool and safe during these days of extreme heat.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), weather in Portsmouth is expected to reach 88 degrees today. There is a 40 percent of thunderstorms this afternoon, which NWS warns could be severe.

The following town facility has air conditioning and may be used for cooling off during the high heat conditions expected over the next few days:

Portsmouth Multi Purpose Senior Center

Residents are reminded that this extreme heat can be dangerous and has provided reminders how to stay safe:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
    Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes
  • If you must be outside, wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Avoid strenuous, outdoor physical activity. If you must exercise outdoors, do so in the morning when temperatures are cooler and the air quality is better
  • The elderly, infants, and anyone with chronic health conditions may be more likely to experience heat-related illness. Check on your family, friends, and neighbors and make sure they are able to stay cool and hydrated. 
  • Know the signs of heat stroke: altered mental state, not sweating, nausea. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Do not leave pets or young children in the car. It takes only minutes for the temperature inside the car to reach deadly levels. 

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