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Community Buildings to Open as Cooling Centers During Heat Wave

July 17, 2020

Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org

With a string of sweltering days looming, Bucks County officials are urging residents without air conditioning or other refuge from the heat to visit community centers across the county that will be open during the expected heat wave.

The National Weather Service on Friday issued an excessive heat watch for the Greater Philadelphia region, warning of “dangerously hot conditions” expected Sunday afternoon through Tuesday.

Temperatures through the weekend are expected to climb well into the 90s, but forecasters say that heat indexes, or the measure of how hot it feels, could reach up to 110 degrees in some places. Heat

People are encouraged stay out of the sun as much as possible, hydrate liberally and keep to air-conditioned or otherwise well-ventilated rooms. Be sure to check in on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors.

Children and pets should at no time be left in parked cars, as high heat can prove deadly in a matter of minutes. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

When faced in previous years with similar weather conditions, senior centers in Bucks County have offered extended hours to provide shelter to those in need of relief from the heat. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic most of the county’s senior centers are presently shuttered.

Unwilling to leave Bucks Countians stranded outside in a heatwave, community centers, municipal buildings and a few senior centers plan to open their doors to those in need.

A full list of cooling centers in Bucks County can be found below. All locations will require visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Bristol Township Senior Center
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
2501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007

Doylestown Township Community Meeting Room
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
425 Wells Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

Falls Township Municipal Building
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
188 Lincoln Highway
Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Lower Makefield Township Community Center
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
1550 Oxford Valley Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Middletown Township Senior Center
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
2142 Trenton Road
Levittown, PA 19056

Revivals Outreach Center
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
4 S. Ridge Road
Perkasie, PA 18944

Quakertown Borough Hall
35 N. Third St.
Quakertown, PA 18951
Call for hours: 215-536-5001

Yardley Borough Hall Recreation Room
By request only
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday: call 215-493-6832
After hours call 215-493-2782
56 S. Main St.
Yardley, PA 19067