Arlington Reservoir. / Linda Burgess photoArlington Reservoir, with the beach in the distance. / Linda Burgess photo

List of cooling stations, other advice here

UPDATED at 5 p.m. June 18: Arlington Reservoir Beach is open through Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with water access closing daily at 6:30 p.m., the town reports. Season passes for the summer are available here >>

Temperatures could reach 100 before week's end, some meteorologists say.

On the other side of town, the North Union Spray Pool, 60 N. Union St., opened in late May to help residents cope with summerlike weather that occurred occasionally as early as May 22, when parts of the town saw temperatures around 90 degrees. The spray pool is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free to all, a recent email from the town says.

"Folks are welcome to come inside the [Robbins] library during any open hours to cool off or drink some water, as we serve as a cooling station for the community," said Lara Vilahomat assistant library director, when contacted earlier June 18. The town later that day released a schedule of locations open to the public with air-conditioning, as follows:

Wednesday, June 19 

  • APD Station Community Room (112 Mystic St.) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (112 Mystic St.)
  • North Union Spray Park (Thompson School, 187 Everett St.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Thursday, June 20 

  • APD Station Community Room (112 Mystic Street)  – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Community Center (27 Maple St.) – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Robbins Library (700 Mass. Ave.) – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • North Union Spray Park (Thompson School, 187 Everett St.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, June 21 

  • Community Center, 27 Maple St.  – 8 a.m. to noon<
  • Robbins Library (700 Mass. Ave.) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • North Union Spray Park (Thompson School, Everett St.) – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 The town website cautions to never leave people or pets in a closed vehicle, even with windows cracked; and other advice is here >>

To recognize signs of heat illness, the most extreme of which constitute a genuine medical emergency, the Centers for Disease Control has prepared a list. Health experts say that the risks of high heat, including rapid dehydration, tend to be greatest for the very young and the very old.

Earlier this month, "The Res" gates, at 310 Lowell St., were locked, as personnel from the Parks & Recreation Department spent their working hours June 7 to June 17 getting the beach ready for the season. Gates will continue to be locked except for when the beach is open and when early-evening concert-and-beer-garden events are taking place.

Other suggestions for staying cool are to go to either of the town's two public libraries or to any facility such as a restaurant.

Those who can easily do so are being asked to help water street/public trees this week. "Prolonged hot weather can stress trees, especially in their first few years of growth. Residents can help make sure new trees nearby have enough water by filling the green bags at the tree base. If there is no green bag, apply a slow watering method from a hose to the tree so that they can provide decades of shade. DPW and the Arlington Tree Committee thank you in advance for helping these young trees to maturity." View a flyer on how to do this at 

June 2, 2021: Reservoir Beach 2021 season ends

This news announcement was published Thursday, May 23, 2024, based on information from the town website. Since then it has been updated May 27, May 29, June 6 and several times June 17 and June 18, to give timely information on weather predictions, guidance for staying cool, to list times and dates of this week's cooling stations and how to recognize signs of heat illness.