Hey Maine, hot enough for ya?

We are smack dab in the middle of some pretty extreme heat and humidity, that will be rearing its ugly head for the next couple of days.

Wednesday and Thursday, the temps will be in the 90s, with a heat index that WABI TV 5's Todd Simcox described as "oppressive"

There won't be much relief at night either, because it won't drop below 70 degrees, which can make for a very uncomfortable night of sleep.

If you don't have to be outdoors for long periods of time the next few days, it would probably be best to stay cool, and of course, stay hydrated as well. Keep your eye on pets, and elderly folks as well. And if you have access to a pool, or lake, by all means, take a dip!

It will be so hot, that the Bangor Police Department even posted a warning about staying safe!

In certain counties in the state of Maine, they will open public cooling centers. It's pretty simple to find out the one nearest to you. Simply dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211.

These places really come in handy if you need an air-conditioned spot to take a breather from the humid conditions. 211 Maine also offers a bunch of other services to help out your local community. If we do not have any listings available in your area, many city/town libraries, senior centers, and other public locations are good places to cool off.

There are a number of cooling centers now available in Bangor for those looking to beat the heat:

Cross Insurance Center-515 Main Street-Open Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-5pm
Mansion Church-96 Center Street-Wednesday and Thursday, 10am - 6pm
HEART Community Center-304 Hancock Street, daily from 8:30am- 5pm
Brick Church-126 Union Street, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10am-5:30pm
Together Place-2 Second Street, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8am-5pm

According to our pal, Todd Simcox, all of Maine is gearing up for a couple days of this, and that can be brutal if you don't have air conditioning. I personally have a sky window in my bedroom, which makes mounting an AC unit impossible.

With the thought of sweating to death firmly in mind, there are ways to make getting through the day a little less unpleasant.

In this helpful video there are several great tips to keep cool, including, closing your windows in the morning, cooling down a room with a wet towel and wet floor, changing your bed linen, using ceiling fans, choosing the right clothing for sleeping, shutting off lights when not in use, drinking plenty of water, and freezing a few bottles or other containers with water, and placing them in front of a fan, which will blow cool air throughout the room. a trick which I have successfully tried!

Use these tips and stay cool!

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