Northeast Ohio communities open cooling centers ahead of dangerous heat index temperatures (list)

Heat wave starts Thursday and it could break a record!
Heat wave starts Thursday and it could break a record!(Source: WOIO)
Published: Jul. 20, 2019 at 1:13 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An excessive heat watch is in effect for Northeast Ohio ahead of heat index temperatures that could reach 110 degrees this week.

In anticipation of the dangerous temperatures, cooling centers are being opened throughout Northeast Ohio.


(The four cooling centers will be open July 18 to July 20 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.)

  • Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton Street, Akron
  • Mason Park Community Center, 700 East Exchange Street, Akron
  • Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Avenue, Akron
  • Summit Lake Community Center, 380 West Crosier Street, Akron


Cooling center will be open on Friday, July 19 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • City of Beachwood’s Community Center, 25325 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood


The city of Cleveland extended the hours for eight neighborhood recreation centers to 11 p.m. that will serve as cooling centers through Saturday.

Oak Street Health locations will serve as cooling centers for relief from the heat between July 17 and July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Westown, 10688 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland
  • Glenville, 10553 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland
  • Lee Harvard, 16888 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland


Cooling center will be opened from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road, Medina

Portage County

Cooling centers will be open Friday, July 19 through Saturday, July 20.

  • Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., Kent
  • Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St, Ravenna
  • Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E. Pioneer Trail, Aurora
  • Pierce Library, 8990 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro
  • Garrettsville Library, 10482 South St., Garrettsville
  • Randolph Library, 1639 State Route 44, Randolph
  • Windham Library, 9005 Wilverne Dr., Windham


  • Stow Community Center, 509 Graham Road, Stow

Willoughby Hills

  • Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills

This story will be updated as more cooling centers open.

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