WESTFIELD, NJ — After hot weekend, the National Weather Service issued another excessive heat warning for the area Monday morning lasting until 8 p.m. Monday night. The high Monday was expected to reach 98 degrees Fahrenheit.

The National Weather Service also issued a code orange air quality alert, which means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children; people with asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases; and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors, according to the service.

PSE&G said in a press release that it was prepared to meet the demand for additional power during these excessively hot days and utility crews are ready to respond to service interruptions, should they occur.

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“If weather predictions hold, our system will be tested during the next two weeks,” said John Latka, PSE&G’s senior vice president for electric and gas. “Our teams in electric and appliance services will be busy and we ask customers for their patience as we respond to all requests as safely and quickly as possible.”

To report power outages, call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Also, customers can report outages by logging into their PSE&G account online or by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734). The utility’s mobile-friendly website includes an Outage Map that is updated every 15 minutes and displays the location and status of power outages in PSE&G’s service area.

For more ways to save on summer energy bills from PSE&G, click here.

On Friday, the town of Westfield advised residents to stay hydrated, limit outdoor activity and check on any neighbors in need.

“Please do not leave children or pets unattended in a car,” the town wrote in its announcement about the heat on Facebook.

Need a place to cool off? Westfield Memorial Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Westfield Memorial Pool is available for non-members for a $25 per person per day fee.

The following municipalities in Union County are offering cooling centers. Residents 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                                                      3 p.m.– 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

Monday                                                           10:30 a.m.– 10 p.m.


Elmora Racquet Club

23 Fernwood Terrace

 (908) 820-2860


Monday through Friday                                  7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed


Peterstown Community Center

408 Palmer Street

(908) 820-4288


Monday through Friday                                  12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m.-   4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed




Chelsea Senior Living Center

295 South Ave.



Open daily                                                      8 a.m. – 8 p.m.




Linden Public Library

31 East Henry Street



Monday through Thursday                             9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday                                                              9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday                                                          9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.



John T. Gregorio Recreation Center

330 Helen Street



Monday through Friday                                  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday                                        Closed


Linden Multi-Purpose Center

1025 John Street



Mon, Wed & Friday                                       8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tues & Thurs                                                   8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday                                     Closed




Plainfield Senior Center

400 East Front Street



Open daily                                                     9 a.m.- 5 p.m.





Rahway Library

5075, 2 City Hall Plaza,

Rahway, NJ 07065



Monday, Wednesday & Thursday                  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday                                                           9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday                                                          9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed


Rahway Recreation Center

275 E Milton Ave

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 669-3600


Monday-Friday                                               7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday                                                          8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

*7/3 close at 5 p.m. and 7/4 Closed





Senior Center

968 Bonnel Court



Open daily                                                      8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.



1976 Morris Ave.



Monday  - Friday                                            8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday                                        Closed 


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, the freeholders announced. 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 p.m. Admission is free. For information on special activities call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.