Detroit Evening Report: Detroit opening relief centers to protect residents from heatwave, poor air quality

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A photo of the Detroit skyline's reduced visibility due to poor air quality in Detroit, Mich. on June 7, 2023.

Hazardous air quality and extreme temperatures have prompted the city of Detroit to take action and provide relief.

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The air quality index will remain in the yellow range throughout the rest of today which could affect sensitive groups. Temperatures above 90 degrees are expected Thursday.

Detroit will have recreation centers and Detroit Public Library branches serve as respite centers during normal operating hours.

Recreation centers include the following locations:

  • Adams Butzel Complex, 10500 Lyndon
  • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval Avenue
  • Clemente Recreation Center, 2631 Bagley
  • Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive
  • Lasky Recreation Center, 13200 Fenelon
  • Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers
  • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere
  • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort
  • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser
  • Heilmann Recreation Center, 19601 Crusade

All library branches except the Duffield and Wilder locations will serve as respite centers.

Health officials recommend people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens to stay indoors as much as possible, keep windows and doors closed, move physical activities indoors or reschedule them, and to wear a mask.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.