Record Breaking Weekend Expected For Heat In Region

It's gone from a watch to an Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service for most of Western Massachusetts this weekend.

Heat index values in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties and most of the rest of Southern New England are expected to get up to 100 today.

On Saturday and Sunday, values are expected to range from 107 to 112 degrees.

The weather service says the level of heat and humidity will be very dangerous for any extended exposure.

There are cooling centers open in various communities including Springfield.

Brightwood 359 Plainfield Street

East Forest Park 122 Island Pond Rd

East Springfield 21 Osborne Terr

Forest Park 380 Belmont Ave.

Indian Orchard 44 Oak St.

Mason Square 765 State Street.

Sixteen Acres 1187 Parker St.

Most Senior and Community Centers are open as well.

And, there is relief in Holyoke as well.

Holyoke Public Library

Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Open Saturday, July 20th  from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Closed Sunday, June 21st

Holyoke Community College Library

Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Closed Saturday, June 20th

Closed Sunday, June 21st

Holyoke Mall

Open Friday, July 19th from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Open Saturday, July 20th from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Open Sunday, July 21st from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Holyoke Council on Aging

Open Friday, July 19th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Closed Saturday, July 20th

Closed Sunday, July 21st

Outdoor Locations

Jones Ferry River Access Center

25 Jones Ferry Road off Main Street

Please note:

Shady, Cool, riverfront location 


OK Canoeing & Kayaking

Mt. Tom State Reservation

125 Reservation Road

Please note:

Shady, cool forested, pond 


City Park With Spray Pads

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM on timers

Carlos Vega Park - Hamilton Street 

Pulaski Park - Off St. Colby Drive 

Community Field - Community Field Road

Springdale Park - 844 Main Street 

South Chestnut Street park - Corner of Sargeant and Chestnut Streets 

Pina Park - Corner of East Dwight and Center Streets

Holyoke Heritage State Park - 221 Appleton Street 

In Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos has opened up several Cooling Centers:

  • Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Chicopee Public Library | 9 AM – 5 PM
  • RiverMills Senior Center | 8 AM – 4 PM

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019
  • RiverMills Senior Center | 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday, July 21, 2019

RiverMills Senior Center | 10 AM – 5 PM

Photo Credit: National Weather Service)

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