Taking advantage of cooling centers

(WBNG) — With Monday’s heat advisory in effect for Tioga and Tompkins Counties, hundreds took advantage of their local cooling centers to beat the heat.

RELATED: Heat Advisory: See the list of Tioga County cooling centers

"We don’t like the hotness outside," said Cheyanne Short alongside her brother Chad. Both are enjoying their time off from elementary school, and soaking up some fun the Owego-Apalachin Central School District’s pool. 

"It cools us down and helps us relax a lot," said Cheyanne Short. Her brother agreeing. "If it’s very hot out I can just come here and I’ll be cold," explained Chad Short.

Their family brings them to cool off and meet their friend Seth Root. "It’s fun and it’s free and I’m a really good swimmer," said Root who loves jumping off the diving board.

The pool is open to the community six days a week. The swim schedule can be found here. The three children and dozens of others took advantage of the indoor pool on Monday to stay cool and safe.

"Over the last 30 years heat is the number one killer with respect to natural weather hazards in the United States," said 12 News Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges. "That alone says something."

If you’re not up for a swim you can also cool off indoors. Many local public libraries, like the one in Apalachin, offer a comfortable atmosphere.

"Air conditioning always help," said Library Assistant at Apalachin Public Library, Kathy Woodward. "We don’t charge for library cards, and we don’t charge for space to have coffee, tea or ice water."

Nate Boyko and his family come to the library often. The first grader enjoys the heat, but also doesn’t mind a nice cool down.

"It feels really nice," said Boyko about the air conditioning in the library. 

Boyko came from his friend’s swimming pool to check out a few books from the library. "You get the books for three weeks total, it’s actually more fun thank you think, explained Boyko.

Woodward said the Apalachin Public Library is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

While it was a fun day for all, the heat is no laughing matter.

"You need to take this heat seriously and obviously the easiest way to beat that heat is to drink water," reminded Manges.

See where you can cool off by checking out the link to this full list of cooling centers throughout New York State.

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