The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s Sunday through Tuesday, with heat index values in the mid- to upper 100s. A heat advisory has been issued for Sunday, July 19, and the City of Newport News is opening several facilities for citizens who need to escape the heat and cool off. The following buildings will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.
In addition, Huntington Park Beach will have lifeguards on duty on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For Monday and Tuesday, citizens can visit open city facilities, including community centers, libraries, etc., during normal hours to seek relief from the heat. The Brittingham-Midtown and Denbigh community centers are not available for use as cooling locations due to childcare licensing restrictions associated with COVID-19.
The NWS classifies extreme heat conditions as any time the heat index value is at 105° or above. During times of extreme temperatures, it is important for individuals to monitor and limit their exposure to the heat. The very young, elderly, and those with certain medical conditions are especially vulnerable to prolonged exposure to excessive heat.