While an excessive heat warning is in effect for South Jersey this weekend, local businesses and public spaces are reaching out to help people stay cool.
South Jersey is expected to see high temperatures of 100 degrees.
On Friday, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission announced it will offer bottled water and misting tents to any Atlantic City resident who needs relief. The Rescue Mission is located at 2009 Bacharach Blvd. For more information, call 609-345-5517.
Residents are advised to wear light clothing, check on family members and neighbors, drink plenty of fluids and never leave people or pets in a closed car.
Meanwhile, what better way to stay cool than on ice?
The Flyers Skate Zone on Albany Avenue in Atlantic City will offer a free ice skating session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Our rinks are the coolest place to be during this extreme heatwave,” said Pat Ferrill, senior vice president, Flyers Skate Zone. “Given the rising temperatures, we wanted to reach out to our local communities and provide an outlet to get out of the heat.”
In Cape May County, the Lower Township Recreation Center at 2600 Bayshore Road will be available as a cooling center from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
To the north, the Ocean County Library will be available as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Atlantic City Electric is taking steps to more closely monitor the system, the company's president said in a press release, including increasing staffing in operations centers and placing more crews on call to respond to issues. Work is suspended on all non-emergency projects that would put portions of the local grid out of service.
“Our staff and crews continue to closely monitor our system and are prepared to respond quickly and safely to any service issues,” said Tyler Anthony, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric.