Hot spots to cool down during West Michigan’s heat wave

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — From Kent County to Kalamazoo, authorities across West Michigan are getting ready for the heat wave expected to hit this week.

Storm Team 8 says the stretch of 90-degree temperatures could last a week. Sticky dew points mean highs will likely feel hotter than the actual temperature.

Kent County Emergency Management says cooling centers will be open in the daytime when temperatures are peaking.

Most of Kent County’s cooling centers are in downtown Grand Rapids to accommodate those at highest risk of heat-related issues, including homeless residents. Kent County cooling centers and hours of operation are as follows:

Community members are encouraged to call United Way’s 211 line for cooling center updates.

Kalamazoo is also opening two cooling centers this week:

Holland will have cooling centers as well this week:

Barry County says its Commission on Aging building will be open Thursday and Friday for people who need a break from the heat. The air-conditioned facility will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those who are looking to find a place to cool off in Battle Creek this week can find locations and more information online.

Emergency officials also shared the following tips to stay cool:

  • Seek out air-conditioned spaces when possible, like the library.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible while outside.
  • Limit outdoor activities to morning and evening, when it’s coolest.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn, which can affect your body’s ability to cool down.
  • Drink more water than usual to rehydrate while sweating; avoid alcoholic drinks, which can cause dehydration.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is reporting a spike in the number of unauthorized people opening fire hydrants. KDPS warns opening and closing hydrants can lead to serious injuries and cause underground pipes to break, disrupting water service to neighbors.

For people who need to cool off in Kalamazoo, KDPS suggests visiting Kick Pool at Upjohn Park or any of the following city-opened hydrants from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.:

Edison Neighborhood

  • Washington Avenue and March Street
  • Clarence Street and Jackson Street
  • Hays Park Avenue and March Street
  • Hays Park Avenue and James Street

Eastside Neighborhood

  • Charlotte Avenue and Sherwood Avenue
  • Sherwood Avenue at Roosevelt Apartments
  • Fairbanks Avenue and Center Street

Northside Neighborhood

  • 1038 Interfaith Boulevard
  • Burrell Avenue and Lawrence Street
  • Krom Street and East Clay Street
  • Norway Avenue and Princeton Avenue
  • North Church Street and Norway Avenue

Community members are advised not to open hydrants at other sites because it hamper crews during a fire. Anyone who see a hydrant open outside the designated time frame is encouraged to contact KDPS at 269.488.8911.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included Park Church and Exodus Place as a cooling center locations.. This story has since been corrected to reflect both are not cooling centers during the summer months.***

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