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Cooling stations open in Monroe County ahead of heat wave


The cooling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Sunday until at least Thursday, but may be extended if the heat wave continues.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eight cooling stations across Monroe County opened Sunday morning as an intense heat wave moves into southern Indiana.

Temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 90s Sunday through at least Saturday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Cooling stations are a place where people who are in need of short-term relief from the heat can come and cool down, according to a Facebook post from the Monroe County Emergency Management. The eight cooling stations are listed below:

  • Bloomington Fire Station Headquarters
    226 South College Avenue, Bloomington
  • Ellettsville Fire Department Headquarters
    5080 West State Road 46, Ellettsville
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Perry Station 22
    3953 South Kennedy Drive, Bloomington
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Clear Creek Station 21 (Pet Friendly)
    9094 South Strain Ridge Road, Bloomington
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Indian Creek Station 23
    8019 South Rockport Road, Bloomington
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Bloomington Station 25
    5081 North Old State Road 37, Bloomington
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Van Buren Station 29 (Pet Friendly)
    2130 South Kirby Road, Bloomington
  • Monroe Fire Protection District – Benton Station 24
    7606 East State Road 45, Unionville

The cooling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Sunday until at least Thursday but may be extended if the heat wave continues.

There will not be food, showers or sleeping areas available. Pets are allowed at Monroe Fire Protection District Stations 21 and 29 but they must be in a kennel or carrier.

FREE ADMISSION TO CITY POOLS
Bryan Park and Mills Pools will be free to the public when the National Weather Service heat risk is category two or above, according to a press release.

Sunday is a “Stay Cool Bloomington Day at City Pools” according to each pool’s website.

The NWS HeatRisk indicator forecasts the risk of heat-related impacts over a 24-hour period, considering how unusual the heat is for the time of the year, the duration of the heat including both daytime and nighttime temperatures, and if those temperatures pose an elevated risk of heat-related impacts based on data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The HeatRisk is a color-coded scale that ranges from zero to four. The scale is copied below from the National Weather Service.

HeatRisk scale (National Weather Service)

Both pools are open daily from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The Switchyard Plaza Spray Pad opened for the season on May 25 and is free to the public. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Labor Day.

The IU Outdoor Pool also opened for the year on May 25. Information on pool hours and membership costs can be found on the pool’s website.