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Lancaster Rec Center to offer ‘cooling station’ on Sunday

Lancaster Recreation Center, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster. (Source:

With the ongoing heat wave bringing the potential for record high temperatures this weekend, the Lancaster Rec Center will host a cooling center on Sunday for people who need a break from the extreme weather.

The center, at 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Because the center is normally closed on weekends, no programs or activities will be offered.

The Rec Center and other locations in Lancaster County’s network of senior centers have offered extended hours since Tuesday to help older residents beat the heat.

As of Friday, Sunday’s high was forecast to be 99 degrees, according to Accuweather. That would beat the record high of 98 degrees set in 1918.

The Lancaster County Office of Aging can help with arranging transportation to cooling centers for individuals unable to get there on their own. If you are interested in volunteering at a cooling center, click here.