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Heat index in the 90s: City of Buffalo opens cooling centers for residents

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley
Weather readings in WBFO & AM-970 studio

Heat and humidity are hitting the region hard.  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Niagara and Orleans Counties until 7 p.m. Friday.

Temperatures in Buffalo are climbing through the high 80's Friday afternoon and could reach 90.  That is pushing the heat index into the 90's.  In the heat advisory areas, the heat index will reach 100.

The city has opened 13 cooling centers throughout Buffalo Friday for any citizens who need relief.

Some of the 13 sites in the city include the senior center on Lundington Street in the Lovejoy District, the senior center at Richmond and Summer and at the Delavan-Grider Community Center.  Cooling centers are also open at the Gloria Parks Community Center on Main Street in the University District and  at the Northwest Community Center.  Others are open on the West Side and in South Buffalo.    

Here is a full listing of cooling center facilities in Buffalo:

  • A.B.L.E.Y. Senior Citizens, 24 Ludington Street , open until 6PM
  • Senior Ctr. at Richmond Street and Summer, open until 6PM
  • Delavan-Grider Community Ctr.-877 East Delavan,  open until 7PM
  • Edward Saunders Community Ctr.-2777 Bailey Ave., open until 9 PM
  • The Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street,  open until  8PM
  • Friends to the Elderly, Inc. (Dorothy Collier Center) 118 East Utica, open until 5:00PM
  • Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street,  open until 6:45 PM
  • Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, open until 9PM
  • Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic Street, open until 8PM
  • Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Street,  open until  5PM
  • Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca Street, open until 5PM
  • West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont Street, open until 9PM
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William Street, open until 7PM