Bridgeport cooling center open this weekend

From the City of Bridgeport:

 The Greater Bridgeport Transit bus terminal at 710 Water Street will remain open as a cooling station on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mayor Bill Finch urged residents to take precautions during this period of high heat and humidity by staying hydrated and staying indoors in air conditioned environments as much as possible. “The cooling station at the bus station and our libraries are available, air conditioned and accessible to all residents offering relief from these very high temperatures, especially important for residents who do not have access to air conditioning.”

The Cooling Station is open in conjunction with the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center, American Red Cross and Greater Bridgeport Transit.

In addition to the Cooling Station set up at the GBT bus terminal, residents can also cool off inside one of the Bridgeport Public Library Branches.

The Bridgeport Public Library locations will be open ONLY ON SATURDAY:

• Burroughs-Saden Main Branch, 925 Broad Street, Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.

• Black Rock Library, 2705 Fairfield Ave., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m.

• Newfield Library, 1230 Stratford Ave., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m.

• North End, 3455 Madison Ave., Sat. 1– 5 p.m.

• Old Mill Green, 1677-81 East Main St., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m.

More information about how to stay cool in hot weather can be found on the City of Bridgeport’s Emergency Management website at or download the Emergency Management’s Extreme Heat guide directly at


Here are some prevention tips to stay safe in the heat:

• Drink water regularly and often; avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration

• Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use SPF of 30 more if you have to be outdoors

• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, clothing

• Get relief from the heat in air conditioned places such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day

• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness

• Never leave children, seniors, or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time




Jim Shay