Granite Staters just seeking some relief from the heat
City residents wait in line to cool off at Livingston Park Pool in Manchester during Tuesday's heat. The pool was at capacity early afternoon and instituted a one-in-one-out policy. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
City worker Mike Kenney finds a shady spot for a drink of water while paving a section of Pearl Street in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Cooling centers around NHThe following are among the cooling centers open this week:
Alton: Alton Senior Center M-F 8:30-4
Berlin: Berlin Senior Center M-F 7:30-4
Charlestown: Charlestown Senior Center M-F 9-1
Center Ossipee: Ossipee CC Senior Center M-F 11:45-1:15
Dover: Dover Community Center M-F 9-3
Hanover: Richard Black Rec Center M-F 9-6
Henniker: White Birch Senior Center M-F 8-4
Hopkinton: Slusser Senior Center M-F 8:30-5:30
Hudson: Rogers Memorial Library M-Th 9-9, F 9-7, Sat 9-1
Laconia: Laconia Senior Center M-F 8:30-3:30
Lebanon: Upper Valley Senior Center M-F 8-3
Littleton: Littleton Area Senior Center 444-6050 M-F 8-4
Manchester: William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center M-F 8:30-4 (seniors only)
Manchester: City Library Mon, Tue, Thu 8:30-8:30; Wed and Fri 8:30-5:30
Meredith: Interlakes Senior Center M-Th 8:30-2:30, F 8:30-1:30
Nashua: Senior Activity Center M-F 9-4
Newport: Newport Senior Center 8-3
North Haverhill: Horsemeadow Senior Center Weekdays 8-3
Pelham: Pelham Senior Center 8-3
Plymouth: Plymouth Regional Senior Center No times given
Somersworth: Somersworth Filion Senior Center M-F 8-4
Four public swimming pools in Manchester will be open daily.
The locations are Dupont Pool, 207 Mason St.; Hunt Pool, 297 Maple St.; Livingston Pool, 300 D.W. Highway; and Raco Theodore Pool, 66 Head St.
The times for residents only run from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Open swim is offered from 3 to 4:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:45 p.m.
Crystal Lake, 679 Bodwell Road, will be open for residents only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an open swim from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The line of about 50 people waiting to get into the city pool at Livingston Park on Tuesday was also pretty good indicator just how hot it was and what some were willing to do while seeking comfort.
Maximum capacity at the pool is 325 people.
Nobody's complaining about the cool temperatures these days. The Granite State is in the midst of a heat wave that forecasters expect to run through the rest of the week.
Meteorologist Mike Kistner of the NWS office in Gray, Maine, said it wasn't record-breaking heat, but temperatures throughout the Granite State have been running 10-to-12 degrees above normal.
Public health officials have been sending out advisories about the heat and offering tips on how to stay safe until it cools off. Communities have arranged public "cooling centers," where people who don't have air conditioning can escape the conditions outside.
"It's centrally located and it has air-conditioning, which is a big factor," Bedford Fire Chief Scott Wiggin said. "From Monday to Friday they're open late and they have the resources available for people to keep themselves occupied."
Mike Kenney of the city Highway Department covered his head with a white T-shirt, which he periodically doused with cool water in between hauling wheelbarrows of hot asphalt during a paving project along Ash Street. He said the asphalt itself is about 375 to 400 degrees and combining that with the extreme temperatures makes for long days.
"I run 13 guys out here. We're really conscientious about making sure they're hydrated," Morris said. "Make sure they work in a buddy system. Nobody works alone and everybody's kind of keeping an eye on each other. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. We can't stress it enough with our guys."
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