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With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees Tuesday, the city of Watertown has some ideas to beat the heat.

City officials advised that residents can head to city parks and pools to cool off. And if you don’t have access to air conditioning, public buildings such as City Hall and the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library can be a respite from the heat.

For instance, the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, 245 Washington St., can be used during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library next door is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The Watertown Municipal Arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds will be used as a cooling station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Games and other activities will be offered.

The three city pools — at Thompson Park, the fairgrounds and North Elementary School off East Division Street — will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

City officials warn the recent heat can cause dire health consequences for the elderly and people with chronic health problems.

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