City Takes Steps To Assist Residents During Heat Wave

Residents Encouraged to Use Cooling Centers At Libraries

Lifeguard Coverage At City Beaches Is Extended

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of Southern New England, including New Bedford, from 11:00 am, Thursday, August 4, through 8:00 pm, Friday, August 5.  Heat Index values of up to 99 degrees are expected in the city.  The current Advisory is likely to be extended into the weekend.

In response to the extreme weather, the City will continue its practice of designating public libraries as cooling centers.  All library locations have air conditioning and staff on hand to assist residents.  Residents should check the City website for the operating hours of specific library branches:

The City is extending the hours of the Main Library (613 Pleasant Street) and the Wilks Branch library (1911 Acushnet Avenue).  Both locations will be open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 5th, and Saturday, August 6th.  Both locations will also be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 7th.

In anticipation of large crowds at municipal beaches, the City has extended lifeguard coverage at East and West Beach.  Lifeguards will be on duty until 7:00 pm each evening, from Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th.

Mayor Jon Mitchell urged residents to take sensible steps to help keep their family and friends safe, saying “One of New Bedford’s strengths is our sense of community, so I encourage everyone over the next several days to stay vigilant and check on elderly neighbors, children, and those with health conditions that could put them at risk.  A phone call or a visit could really make the difference for someone you care about.  Please use common sense and take heat-related emergencies seriously.”

Safety Tips

The City encourages residents to follow the heat-related safety tips available at:

and pet-related tips at

National Weather Service Precautionary/Preparedness Actions

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.  Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.  When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.  To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Heat stroke is an emergency!  Call 9 1 1.