ELIZABETH, NJ - As another heat wave rolls into New Jersey, residents are reminded that resources are available for cooling off during extremely hot weather. The National Weather Service has called a heat advisory for the Union County area from 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon June 29 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
The heat wave is expected to last through Sunday.
Residents are advised to stay indoors when possible and keep outdoor activity to a low level. The sun’s heat easily penetrates windows, so shutting drapes, shades, and curtains will help keep indoor spaces cooler during the day.
If there is no cooling available at home, relief can be found at a library, senior center, community center, museum, mall, or any other cooled public space where seating is available.
The following municipalities in Union County are offering cooling centers. Residents in Elizabeth planning to visit these locations are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours of operation.
Miller Evans Logan Recreation Center
161-163 First Street
This Friday 3pm– 10pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Monday 10:30am– 10pm
Elmora Racquet Club
23 Fernwood Terrace
Monday through Friday 7am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Peterstown Community Center
408 Palmer Street
Monday through Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday 10am- 4pm
For more information on resources for senior citizens, contact the Union County Division on Aging toll-free, 888-280-8226.
Union County’s public recreation facilities can also offer some respite from the heat. In Rahway, the Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool in Rahway River Park is open seven days a week. For information on hours of operation call 732-381-4045.
Spray parks are available for children at Union County’s Warinanco Park in Roselle, Phil Rizzuto Park in Union, Snyder Park in Berkeley Heights, Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains, Mattano Park in Elizabeth, and Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield. For maps and directions visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
The Loop playground in the Watchung Reservation includes a mist feature, and the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside is a short walk away. It is open seven days a week from noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For information on special activities call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.