Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The City of Rochester and Olmsted County are offering ways for residents to beat the heat Monday.

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The City of Rochester announced that anyone needing to cool down from the heat can board a Rochester Public Transit bus without having to pay a fare. Riders just have to let the driver know they are looking for a “cool place to be.”

Other ways residents can beat the heat include:

  • Rochester Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 20.
  • The following beaches in Rochester and Olmsted County are free to the public:
    • Foster Arend Park (4051 E. River Road NE, Rochester) is open from Noon – 8 p.m.
    • Cascade Lake Beach (88 23rd Avenue SW, Rochester) is open from 6 a.m. to dusk.
    • The swimming beach at Chester Woods Park is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Salvation Army’s Community Center (20 1st Ave NE, Rochester) will be open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on June 20.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse has placed much of the region in a heat advisory as temperatures in the Rochester area are expected to reach 95 degrees with heat index values around 100 degrees.

Public health officials encourage residents to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and utilizing air-conditioning. If air-conditioning is not available, seek public buildings during the heat of the day such as libraries and community centers, malls, and movie theaters. Children and pets should not be left unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down, even for a few minutes.

Other quick tips to beat the heat include:

  • Use air-conditioning or spend time in air-conditioned locations.
  • Limit your time outdoors, including outdoor activities such as sports, lawn mowing, and home improvement projects.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must be outside.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
  • Stay hydrated – drink water or nonalcoholic fluids.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes.
  • Check on your neighbors, friends, and family members – especially those who are older and/or have health issues.

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