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Cooling centers established amid unseasonably hot temperatures

Update: At 5:40 p.m., the city of Auburn announced that it will open 2 cooling centers this week

MAINE, USA — UPDATED: Portland opens cooling center at Troubh Ice Arena

Record high temperatures expected throughout much of Maine Monday and Tuesday have prompted southern Maine communities to open cooling centers.

Schools throughout the state canceled in-person classes on Monday in advance of temperatures as high as 95 degrees in part of the state.

Cooling centers have been established in a number of communities, with COVID-19 precautions in place in most.

Cumberland County

Harpswell: Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Rd, Monday until 4:30 p.m. Those who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

South Portland: Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd, Monday and Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required in areas in which children are present (the facility hosts a daycare center and afterschool program).

Portland: Troubh Ice Arena, 225 Park Ave., through 4 p.m. Monday; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required inside.

Androscoggin County

Auburn: Norway Savings Bank Arena, 985 Turner St, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Auburn Senior Community Center, 48 Pettengill Park Rd, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The Maine Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer the following recommendations for extreme heat:

1. "Keep Cool, Drink Fluids, LIe Low"
2. Recognize heat-related illnesses
3. Preparing for very hot weather

This story will be updated.