Cooling centers open in Detroit amid sweltering heat

Associated Press

Detroit — Cooling centers are open to offer residents a place to escape summer heat.

The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and the Detroit Public Library have cooling centers available that provide air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s Friday, though they are expected to moderate this weekend.

Officials caution that the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illness, especially when temperatures rise above 90 degrees.

Cooling facilities include the Crowell Recreation Center, the Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, the Farwell Recreation Center and the Patton Recreation Center.

Others include the Main Library in Detroit as well as a number of other library branches citywide.

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures will top out at or near 91 on Friday, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

More comfortable weather is expected starting Saturday, when a high of 79 is forecast, and on Sunday, when temperatures will climb into the low 80s.

But the weather service predicts the mercury will climb above normal again next week, with forecast highs of 85 on Monday, 88 on Tuesday, almost 90 on Wednesday and 89 on Thursday.