TRENTON --  Mercer County cooling centers will open Wednesday morning for area residents to beat the heat after an Excessive Heat Watch was issued by the National Weather Service.  An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected, with hot temperatures and high humidity combining to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced that cooling centers throughout the county will be open from Wednesday, July 17 until Sunday, July 21.  The cooling sites are at designated municipal senior centers and all Mercer County Library System branches. Local sites are the Hamilton Senior Center at 409 Cypress Lane; the Robbinsville Township Senior Center, 1117 Route 130, the Robbinsville Library at 42 Allentown-Robbinsville Road.The hours that these sites are open varies based upon the location's hours of operation.  

Hughes also reminded residents to drink plenty of water, spend as much time as possible in an air-conditioned environment and check on elderly relatives and neighbors during these days of excessive heat.  

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The Mercer County Office on Aging can provide additional information regarding coping with the heat or accessing a cooling center by calling (609) 989-6661 or toll-free (877) 222-3737.

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