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Keeping Cool in East Meadow

With temps expected to hit sweltering heights this week, East Meadow Patch tells you where to keep your cool.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s Wednesday afternoon and the National Weather Service has even issued an air quality alert.

In East Meadow, there are plenty of ways to beat to heat.

Escape to the ocean: While and Long Beach Beaches are nearby, there are on Long Island if you want to remain in your air conditioned vehicle for a longer drive.

Play in a pool: pool at just the right time, and they are open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click for more.

Strike the heat: is open early weekday mornings. AMF is also offering free weekly bowling for kids under 15 throughout the summer.

Catch a flick: AMC Loews Roosevelt Raceway in has air condtioned theaters. There are several other movies playing today as well.

Hit up Museum Row: Nunley's Carousel is operating from noon to 3 p.m. through Friday and again on the weekends. $2 per ride. The is offering tours and IMAX movies. They are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14/adult, $12/child. Movies are more. The Firefighter's Museum is $5/adult, $4/child. The is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $11. Children under 1 are free.

Eat something cool: Looking for a cold snack? Why not check out or for some ice cream? Also, you can head down to for an Italian ice!

Catch up on some reading: offers a cool setting for some reading fun.

Additionally, LIPA offered the following tips to stay cool, conserve energy and save money:

  • Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature. You can save 3 percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
  • Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close off vents to unused rooms. Keep filters clean.
  • Even if you have air conditioning, use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation.
  • Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Eliminate air leaks around window air conditioners with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
  • Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun's heat and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
  • Turn off power sources. TVs, computers and other electronic devices draw power when they are in standby mode or turned off but still plugged in. Plug electronics into power strips and turn off the power switch when the items are not in use.
  • Use timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances.
  • If possible, install whole-house fans that bring in cooler night-time air that can pre-cool a house and reduce energy use in the daytime if heat is kept out by closing windows and shades.

For more information on how to save energy and money visit http://www.lipower.org/residential/efficiency/

Also, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that several cooling centers will be open in the East Madow/Salisbury area, as well as neighboring towns, for residents looking to combat the heat.

How do you plan on staying cool? Tell us in the comments.

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