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Unhealthy air quality forecast Tuesday, cooling centers opened as hot temperatures continue

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Hartford Fire Dept. cooling center

HARTFORD  – For the third day in a row, temperatures are expected to reach the 90 degree mark Tuesday, and the city of Hartford is taking precautions.

The capital city is opening cooling centers again on Tuesday. (See the full list of locations below). East Hartford also announced cooling center locations Tuesday.

Connecticut environmental officials forecast unhealthy air quality for children and adults, such as the elderly who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

There is a warning out for an elevated ground-level ozone pollution for southern parts of Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties.

A forecast of “unhealthy for sensitive groups” indicates an increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort in children and adults with respiratory disease. Unhealthy concentrations of ground level ozone can cause or worsen respiratory problems and other health troubles.

Ground level ozone occurs primarily during hot summer days. Strong sunshine causes chemical reactions of air pollutants from motor vehicles, power plants and industry and household activities, forming ozone. Ground level ozone and fine particulate matter pose health risks.

Tuesday the following “cooling centers” will be open in Hartford.

  • North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street
  • South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue
  • Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue
  • Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main Street
  • Hispanic Senior Center, 45 Wadsworth Street, noon to 5 pm.

East Hartford cooling centers:

  • South End Senior Center, 70 Canterbury Street, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wickham Library, 656 Burnside Avenue, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Public Safety Complex, 31 School Street, 24 hours a day, any day.

The Hartford Public Library is also available for residents and visitors.

  • Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue,  12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Park Branch, 744 Park Street, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, Time: 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.