Where and how to stay cool during the heat wave

WAVY/Matt Gregory

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Heat advisories were issued for a majority of the Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina region from Wednesday through Friday.

The heat advisories stretched from the Richmond area down into parts of Currituck County, North Carolina, and includes the Eastern Shore.

Staying Cool 

Keeping cool is the key on a day when it will feel like it is 100 degree outside.

The  Red Cross issues annual tips during for cooling off in such scorching conditions — including staying hydrated, staying indoors, avoiding strenuous exercise and not leaving children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

James City County

Officials in James City County say the libraries and community centers are open and provide a cool place for residents who need to get out of the heat.  Here are the centers that will be open:

  • James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road
  • Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland Street
  • James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road
  • Abram Frink Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail


Norfolk spokesperson Lori Crouch says the city’s public libraries will be open for people seeking shelter.

Crouch says the Office to End Homelessness will be doing outreach and providing water to the homeless.


The City of Portsmouth said Friday that cooling centers would be opening at 10 a.m. at several locations. See a full list of cooling centers here.

Officials said water would be provided at the cooling enters. Pets are not allowed in the buildings.


Suffolk Fire and Rescue is advising residents to stay inside, in the shade or in an air-conditioned environment throughout the day.

The lobby at the Suffolk Health and Human Services Building at 135 Hall Avenue will be open as a cooling shelter during business hours.

Suffolk residents can also use the Suffolk City Hall lobby as well as the Suffolk Public Libraries as ways to cool off.

Virginia Beach

The City of Virginia Beach mentioned on Twitter Wednesday morning that its public libraries are open for residents who need shelter from the heat.

Heat Stroke, Exhaustion

Heat strokes and heat exhaustion are possibilities on days like this. More information what to look for with heat-related illnesses can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Authorities say you should call 911 you suspect that yourself or someone your are with is suffering from a heat-related illness.

Virginia Zoo Heat Update

The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk says some of the animals will still go outside Wednesday — because it’s the conditions they are used to — while others will be kept inside. All animals at the zoo have a climate controlled indoor enclosure.

The  ZooLive! performance was canceled Tuesday due to the heat, and will likely be canceled Wednesday as well.

Fountains will be on for anyone who visits the zoo.

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