PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, there’s a lot of concern for the elderly.

The heat is on and lots of people are heading to cooler climates, including the Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center that is going to be doubling as a cooling center.

“We are extremely cool,” Jo Taylor said.

Taylor was one of the first folks headed into the Community Center looking to escape the soaring temperatures.

“A lot of us don’t have air conditioning or the means to have one. It’s very, very hard for us to breathe in this kind of weather, but this is a blessing,” Taylor said.

“We keep our temperature accommodating for them. We will provide water as well as a meal for them and they are more than welcome to come in and enjoy any of our services that we have available,” Senior Center Director Lynn Ford Adams said.

Now, as seniors were heading to enjoy the air conditioning, some fishermen were looking to beat the heat on the Ohio River by casting some lines before it got too hot.

“It’s to get in, beat the heat. We got here at 5 o’clock this morning and actually it’s not that bad out right now, but it’s going to get hot and I don’t want to be out here when its real hot,” Robert Petit said.

The cooling center in Homewood is located at 7321 Frankstown Avenue and will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Thursday.


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