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NYC Opens Cooling Center During 2-Day Heat Wave

(AP File Photo 2006/Jason DeCrow)

(AP File Photo 2006/Jason DeCrow)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) – New York City is trying to help people cool off during a two-day heat wave.

The health department and emergency management office said cooling centers will be open as the heat index climbs.

The city said it would open air conditioned public buildings to visitors on Wednesday afternoon and during business hours on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the heat index, which factors in the humidity, could reach 95 degrees on Wednesday and 100 on Thursday.

The weather service says temperatures could be above average again this month.

The city says more than 228,000 people have visited cooling centers this summer since the first heat wave in June.

To find one near you, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/oem.

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