Staying Cool & Safe in Hot Weather

Getting too hot can make you sick.

High heat is in the forecast through the week of July 18. 

  • Limit outdoor activity to avoid injury
  • Check in on neighbors and/or older residents
  • Remember never to leave people or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.

How to stay cool

Stay in air-conditioning

Fans are not enough to keep you cool during extreme heat and humidity.
These Town buildings have air-conditioning and you are welcome to come and stay cool!

Lexington Community Center
39 Marrett Road
Open Monday to Wednesday, 8 AM to 9 PM , Thursday and Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Cary Library
Across from the Minuteman Statue at 1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Open Monday - Thursday, 9 AM to 9 PM, Friday and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Town Pool - Worthen Road
Wednesday-Friday from 9AM-9:45PM*; Saturday/Sunday from 10AM-9:45PM*. 

*Note: these hours are extended during the forecasted extreme heat this week. See full Town Pool hours. 

Old Reservoir - 484 Marrett Road 
See the hours for the Old Res.

Heat Safety Tips

Drink more water than usual

Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Don't use the stove or oven to cook

It will make your house hotter.

Limit your outdoor activities

  • Go out early or late
  • Stay in the shade
  • Pace yourself
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing

Take cool baths or showers


Things that affect your ability to cool yourself include:

High humidity

When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly. This keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.

Personal factors, such as: 

Age, obesity, heart disease, poor circulation, prescription drugs, alcohol and drug use

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