Cooling centers open in metro Atlanta to help residents beat the heat

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Cooling centers have opened at libraries and recreation centers across metro Atlanta to help residents beat the heat as temperatures continue to rise across the region this week, officials announced.

The heat wave in metro Atlanta reaches a fourth day on Wednesday as the temperature soars into the 90s by noon in north Georgia.

The cooling center in Atlanta opened Wednesday at the Old Martin Luther King Natatorium at 90 Boulevard NE. It opens daily from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. on June 17.

Officials say water and light snacks will be provided to residents while in the cooling center.

In DeKalb County, officials are making recreation centers and libraries throughout the county available as cooling centers due to the ongoing heat advisory.

Officials add all recreation centers will be available as cooling centers excluding the following: Hamilton, Lucious Sanders, and Midway recreation center, Brookhaven Library and Covington Library.

There will also be free access to pools from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. during the National Weather Service heat advisory notification days, according to officials.

Seniors needing assistance can call the Senior Link Line at (770) 322-2950 for an assessment of need.

For a list of DeKalb County recreation centers, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks and click the “Recreation Programs and Centers” button. Water fountains will also be accessible.

Officials ask that anyone staying in the cooling centers must follow the county’s COVID-19 safety protocols including wearing a mask, social distancing and undergoing a temperature check.

The DeKalb County Community Development Department announced they are currently housing homeless residents in local hotels and motels. Anyone in DeKalb County who needs homelessness assistance or housing services can contact DeKalb County Coordinated Entry by calling (404) 687-3500.

Cobb County officials say the Must Ministries Cooling Center is opening in the new MUST Hope House in Marietta any time the temperature is above 90° to help beat the heat.

The MUST Hope House is located at 1297 Bells Ferry Rd. and opened weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors are allowed to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an air-conditioned facility. The center will open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Officials say visitors can access services including showers, laundry, job coaching, clothing, case management and water or snacks.

RELATED: Food hacks to help beat the heat shared by Atlanta nutritionist

Helpful tips to help you beat the heat in metro Atlanta

FIRST ALERT | More heat, greater chance of storms is in Friday’s forecast!

Farmers battle intense heat to keep crops thriving

DeKalb County pools to open next week

Report: Minority communities in Atlanta at greater risk during heat wave

Metro Atlanta residents seeking refuge during Georgia heat wave

Miles Montgomery

Miles Montgomery

Miles Montgomery is a Digital Content Producer for CBS46.