How to beat the heat

What is a cooling center?

A cooling center is an air-conditioned public space set up by local authorities to temporarily deal with the health effects of a heat wave.

How can I find one in MetroWest Massachusetts?

  • Call 2-1-1 or 877-211-6277
  • You can also contact your city or town hall or your local senior center to inquire.

What are some other suggestions to beat the heat in an unexpected heatwave?

  • Head to a close by restaurant and grab lunch/dinner and lots of water. If  you are an older adult, let the restaurant staff know that you are escaping the heat wave, so that they do not rush you.
  • You can also go to a nearby grocery store that also has a café with a seated area. This way you can escape the heat for an hour or so and then grab needed groceries and water!
  • You can also head to a mall and get some exercise in the AC by walking around orjust find a bench and relax for a bit!