PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh is opening cooling centers because of the hot and humid weather.

An Heat Advisory is in effect for Pittsburgh and the surrounding area from noon Friday through Saturday evening.

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Air temperatures will reach into the mid-90s, both Friday and Saturday. The humidity will also be exceptionally high.

KDKA’s Chris Hoffman Reports:


Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said, “We have not had a heat event like this in several years. We will aggressively prosecute (for) animals that are left in vehicles, dogs, cats, and certainly, if we have a child left in a vehicle, that will be aggressively prosecuted as well.

People throughout the area are being urged to check on their elderly neighbors.

Health officials are also warning people to watch for the early signs of heat stress and seek medical help if you’re “not feeling quite right.” They say it may start with just an upset stomach or feeling sweaty, but that could turn into serious issues in temperatures like we’re going to experience.

“The later findings like difficulty breathing, passing out and maybe even suffering cardiac arrest, nobody has a problem identifying that, the goal is to never get to that point,” said UPMC Emergency Medicine Department’s Dr. Donald Yealy. “Don’t ignore the early signals. The late ones are bad.”

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A number of centers will serve as cooling shelters.

Pittsburgh Lyft has also announced that anyone seeking transportation to a cooling center can get a free ride, using the code “PITCOOL19,” from Thursday until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

The release said codes are valid for two rides, up to $15 each. More information can be found here.

If you do not access to air conditioning or want to beat the heat, find the location of cooling centers below.

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Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center
745 Greenfield Avenue
Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Homewood Healthy Active Living Center
7321 Frankstown Avenue
Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

West End Healthy Active Living Center
80 Wabash Avenue
Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Susan Zubik Welcome Center (Catholic Charities)
212 9th Street, downtown Pittsburgh
Friday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Cornerstone
1217 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls
724-846-6400 ext. 14
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Brighton Municipal Building
610 Third Ave., New Brighton
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free Methodist Church
480 Jefferson Street, Rochester
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Uncommon Grounds Café
380 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa
Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Center for Hope
740 Park Road, Ambridge
Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (includes hot meal)


Clinton Church of God
406 Buchanan Rd., Normalville, Pa.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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