City of Haverhill Readies for Weekend Heat Wave With Cooling Stations, Water Cannons

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Mayor James J. Fiorentini wants city residents to maintain their cool this weekend as temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees.

Ahead of the warm weather, Fiorentini announced plans to open the 10 Welcome St. Citizens Center as a cooling station on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., for neighbors in need. Anyone needing relief after those hours may contact either 978-374-2388 x3922 or the Haverhill Police Department non-emergency number at 978-373-1212 to be let in. Sunday’s Citizens Center hours will be determined as weather needs dictate.

The city also plans to locate water cannons at several parks by mid-day Saturday, including Riverside Park on Lincoln Avenue and Consentino School, 685 Washington St. Arrangements are being made to provide water sprinklers at several other parks.

Mitch’s Place, the Emmaus emergency shelter at 127 How St., plans to open at noon on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Those in need of shelter are asked to call 978-241-3430.

WHAV’s Wave Weather team predicts Saturday to be hot and humid with a chance of isolated thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch, which remains in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

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