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Summer has finally brought New Jersey an intense heat wave for this year. Temperatures this week have been in the 90s and are expected to stay there until Monday. Heat related illness is a real danger right now and it’s more important than ever to stay cool. If your air conditioning is not working, here are some ideas to beat the heat!

  • Visit the mall!

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    You don’t have to spend a lot, or any, money if you don’t want, but going to the mall is a great way to cool down. Take some time to do some window shopping and look around or go for a little walk. Find something cool to sip on at the food court! They tend to be less busy in the middle of the day when it is the hottest.

  • Find a local water park!

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    New Jersey has a variety of water entertainment venues throughout the state.  While some are outdoors, they provide a fun way to stay cool during the blistering heat.  Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen!

  • Go to your local library!

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    Libraries are great places to get out of the heat.  Not only are they a good place to keep cool, but they’re obviously a great place to read!  Take in some new knowledge or go on an adventure at your local library!

  • Head down the shore!

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    New Jersey is lined with beaches!  If you don’t mind the outdoors during the heat wave take a trip down to one of New Jersey’s shore points and go for a dip in the surf to cool down.  Don’t forget to pack your towel and sunscreen and something to cover your feet – the sand could be hot!

  • Find a local cooling center!

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    During waves of extreme heat, your local municipality may establish cooling centers for those who are at risk of heat-related illness.  Check your town’s website or ask your local officials if there are any in your town or nearby.

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