It's hot as you-know-what out here in Western New York. The city of Buffalo has opened "Cooling Centers" to help you beat the heat, but here are a few other tips, too. 

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With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees this week, it’s important to stay hydrated and in shaded or air conditioned areas. You can also cool off at splash pads, which will be open an additional hour today, closing at 8 p.m.

All city pools are also open.

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These air conditioned cooling centers are also open with extended hours through Friday 7/19 at the following locations:

·         A.B.L.E.Y Senior Center  -  24 Ludington Street (open until 5:30 p.m.)
·         Edward/Saunders Senior Center - 2777 BAILEY AVE. (open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
·         Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Street (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
·         Senior Center  at Richmond Street and Summer  (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
·         Valley Community Association Senior Citizens Center, 93 Leddy St (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

The City of Buffalo released this statement:

With several days in a row of this extreme heat, we want everyone, particularly children and the elderly, to take the necessary precautions, It’s important to stay cool and hydrated, and to keep an eye on our vulnerable neighbors.

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So here is how you BEAT THE HEAT during the hottest week of the summer:

1. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
2. Limit your time outside, wear sunscreen and loose, light-colored clothing, and rest often in cool, shady areas.
3. Jump in a lake (or city pool).
4. Play at the splash pad.
5. Seek relief at a city cooling center or under your own AC.