This heat is no joke.

Sweaty man trying to refresh from heat with a fan


With the heat index ushering sweltering conditions, the risk of folks dealing with heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke are very real.

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Those that can, are very likely making good use of their air conditioners this week.

Others will head to the water to cool down along the coast or lakeside.

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But what if you don't have air conditioning? Or even any place to shelter in the shade?


Local organizations and governments have designated "cooling centers" for people who might need a space to go to literally cool themselves down.

In Bangor, the Cross Insurance Center is one such space.


"Community cooling centers help provide temporary relief and are especially helpful when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory or Excessive Heat Warning. Cooling centers can be established in any air-conditioned building that can be opened to the public, such as a library, town hall, or senior center. Private buildings including movie theaters and retail facilities can also be used as cooling centers. Charging Stations for electronic devices such as Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablets are encouraged."

According to the Maine Emergency Management Agency, folks can find some cool comfort by heading to the Cross Center through the Renewal by Andersen Entrance (at 515 Main St.) any time between 8 AM and 5 PM, Wednesday or Thursday (June 19th and 20th.)

There are other places across Bangor that will also be open. You can find that on the Bangor Maine Police Department's Facebook Page, or by clicking here.

For other spots around, or if you want to send this to someone you know might need it, you can check out the State's website by clicking here.

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