City of Dover Warming and Cooling Centers


Cooling centers

Residents looking to cool off can visit cooling centers during regular hours, including:

  • McConnell Center cafeteria at 61 Locust St., open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dover Public Library at 73 Locust St., open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday ,from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Sundays during the summer.
  • City Hall at 288 Central Ave., open Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dover Police Department lobby at 46 Chestnut St., open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Community Action Partnership of Strafford County's Day Center, located at Bradley Commons, 577 Central Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fire stations. The city's three fire stations are also available 24 hours a day. Firefighters will help those who come find the best place to cool off. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road.

Pools and Splash pad

The City of Dover operates two pools and a splash pad:

Staying cool tips

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day and take regular breaks from physical activity.
  • Wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Never leave children, seniors, pets, or people with health conditions in a parked vehicle, even briefly. Temperatures can become dangerous within a few minutes.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially seniors and people with chronic illnesses, to see if they need assistance.
  • Use air conditioning to cool down. People who do not have an air conditioner can go to an air-conditioned public building, such as a public library or shopping mall, for a few hours. (See Cooling Centers above).
  • Drink plenty of fluids – don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Water is best. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Be aware that some medicines affect the body's ability to sweat and stay cool. Do NOT stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.

Signs of heat-related illnesses

  • Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Those most prone to heat exhaustion include the elderly, those with high blood pressure, and those working in hot environments. Symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, heavy sweating, elevated body temperature and decreased urine output.
  • If you are experiencing heat exhaustion, drink cool beverages, seek air conditioning, rest, and remove unnecessary clothing, including shoes and socks. Cool the body with cold compresses and/or wash the head, face and neck with cold water. If left untreated, heat stroke can result.
  • Heat stroke is life-threatening. It occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature. The body temperature can rise rapidly, its sweating mechanism fails, and the body cannot cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Call 911 for emergency medical care. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.
  • Heat stroke symptoms include red skin that is hot to the touch, changes in consciousness, confusion, altered mental status, and slurred speech. Other signs include rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. The body temperature may rise dramatically, and the skin may feel dry. Move someone experiencing heat stroke to a cool place and seek emergency medical assistance.

See the Centers for Disease Control for more information about warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses at

McConnell Center and Dover Public Library

City facilities serve as warming and cooling centers

Several City of Dover facilities serve as warming centers during extreme cold weather and cooling centers during extreme hot weather.

Dover's warming and cooling centers include the McConnell Center, the Public Library and City Hall. These specific public buildings are accessible and welcome those seeking relief from the cold during regular business hours. 

Warming and cooling centers in Dover are also available and accessible anytime at the City's Police Station, located downtown on Chestnut Street, and the City's three fire stations. The Liberty North End Fire Station is located at 262 Sixth St. The Central Fire Station is located at 9-11 Broadway. The South End Fire Station is located at 25 Durham Road.

Need emergency assistance?

The City's Public Welfare Department is available to coordinate services for those who need and want emergency assistance, including shelter, food and medical care.

The Public Welfare Department offices at the McConnell Center are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and can be reached by phone at 603-516-6500. For after-hours emergency needs, the public welfare program remains accessible simply by calling 603-742-4646 or visiting the police or fire stations to request assistance. Police and fire personnel are trained emergency responders and will notify and coordinate with the City's public welfare providers, day or night, getting assistance to those who truly want help. This assistance can include finding available shelter space, day or night, along with transportation, if needed.