As the temperatures soar outside, cooling centers throughout the state can be located by calling 2-1-1.

For tips in extreme heat, go to www.ready.gov/heat.

The following area communities have cooling centers for the public:

CHESHIRE

• A cooling station for residents will open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 20, 21, at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave.

• The Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., will be open 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

West Haven

• The cooling center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 20, 21, in the lower level of City Hall, 355 Main St. It is for anyone who needs respite from the heat. No food or beverages are served.

• The West Haven/Allingtown Senior Center’s cooling center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the Johnson Community Center, 201 Noble St.

New Haven

• The five branches of the city library system are open as cooling centers during regular hours.

• For the rest of the week, the city Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees has extended hours at its pools, splash pads and Lighthouse Point Park.

Pools: 5-8 p.m. Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway; Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive; Conte West Hills, 511 Chapel St.; John Martinez School, 100 James St.; Career High School, 140 Legion Ave.

Splash pads: operational 10 a.m.-8 p.m. South Genesee Park, South Genesee Street; Cedar Hill Playground, View and Rock streets; Edgewood Park, Chapel Street and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard; Kensington Street Park, between Edgewood Avenue and Chapel Street; Jocelyn Square Park, Humphrey and East streets; Ann Street Park, between Kossuth and West streets; Trowbridge Square Park, Cedar and Portsea streets; Galvin Park, Greenwich Avenue and First Street; Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road; Scantlebury Park, Ashmun and Bristol streets; Lewis Street, Front Street; Dover Beach, Front Street.

Lighthouse Point Beach: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting clothing and remain out of the direct sun. Elderly residents, children, pets and those with respiratory ailments are said to be particularly susceptible to heat and humidity so they should pay special attention to these suggestions, emergency management officials said.