EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

July 6, 2013

The heat just keeps hanging on

No relief in sight from heat, high humidity

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In Plaistow, a cooling station was set up at the library and will be open again today for people to cool off.

“We have air conditioning here,” Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said. “People are encouraged to sit by the computer or grab a book and stay cool.”

Fitzgerald said there would be bottled water available at the library. Cooling hours were scheduled for 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. today.

Haverhill opened up the Citizens Center yesterday on Welcome Street for those seeking relief. It will be open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Anyone looking for a cool place is encouraged to call the police after those hours,” said Linda Koutoulas, administrative assistant for Mayor James Fiorentini.

Methuen fire officials said heat-related medical calls have been light.

“There has not been an excessive number, nothing major,” Deputy fire Chief Charles Ripley said.

To avoid heat-related issues, Ripley recommended people stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Stay in the shade, he said, and avoid strenuous physical activity during the hottest part of the day.

Cooling stations had not been set up in town, but Forest Lake, which had been closed for bacterial testing, was deemed safe and reopened to the public Thursday.

Cahla Ahlstrom, program coordinator at the North Andover Senior Center, said she was expecting more people to come in yesterday.

“We really have a limited attendance,” she said. “It could be because of the holiday, but there isn’t a lot of foot traffic here.”

In Derry, people took the opportunity to get out of their houses and relax by the beach near Hood Park.

“We don’t have air conditioning,” said Adam Lee, 29, of Derry. “Just had to make sure we got in some water.”

Robin Gile of Londonderry also had a plan for the hot weather.

“Drink water, put on sunscreen, and lots of popsicles,” she said.

Melinda Mafera, facility supervisor at Hood Park, said there was plenty of traffic at the beach yesterday.

“We have shade and water,” she said. “That’s what people are looking for.”

Douglas Moser and Mike LaBella contributed to this report.

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