CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.—An excessive heat warning has been issued for the Central New Jersey area by the National Weather Service today, Wednesday, June 23, and the County is reminding seniors and other residents that many cooling sites are open.

Temperatures today hovered in the mid-90s with heat index readings climbing to a sweltering 100 degrees. The excessive heat warning is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said residents should drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, try to stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun if possible, and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when going outdoors. He also urged residents to check up on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Mercer County also offers designated Summer Cooling Sites including all municipal senior centers, neighborhood community centers, and the nine Mercer County Library System Branches. Please note that Senior Centers are only open Monday through Friday. Call individual locations for daily hours of operation. Library branches are closed on Sundays throughout the summer. These locations are as follows and are open to all residents:

The following Mercer County library branches are Cooling Sites: Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Hollowbrook, Hopewell, Lawrence, Twin Rivers, Washington, and West Windsor.

The following municipal senior centers are Cooling Sites: Hamilton, Ewing, Hopewell Valley, Jennye Stubblefield, Lawrence Township, Monsignor Lipinski, Princeton Senior Resource Center, Reading, Sam Naples, and Robbinsville.

For more information or to contact your local Cooling Site, please call the Mercer County Office on Aging at 877-222-3737.

In addition to making cool sites and home cooling appliances available, the County also offers a “Warmline” via the Office on Aging.  During daytime hours, residents can call (609) 989-6661 or toll-free (877) 222-3737 for assistance in coping with the heat.  During non-business hours, residents are encouraged to call 911 if they experience heat-related problems.

Please be reminded that pets are vulnerable to excessive heat, too. Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down or for short periods of time, and be sure your pet has plenty of fresh water to drink and a shaded or sheltered area.