Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials are offering riders a place to cool off while they wait for their buses or trains, according to a June 26 news release.

What’s happening?

DART will open cooling stations at its transit centers for riders hoping to catch a break from high temperatures in North Texas. The announcement comes after the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth issued a heat advisory warning June 26 for North Texas and Central Texas.

The heat is expected to remain high in Dallas-Fort Worth over the weekend with heat index values forecast to reach between 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit.

DART will continue to monitor weather conditions across North Texas, according to the news release. More information about potential service updates can be found online.

Be prepared

On June 24, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued safety tips for dealing with the summer heat. Department officials recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day and limiting outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.

Children and pets are particularly vulnerable to the heat since their bodies can heat up three to five times faster than an average adult, according to a news release from the department. Adults should never leave their child or pet unattended in the car when it’s hot, according to the release.

“We are in the heart of summer now here in Texas and everyone needs to familiarize themselves with safety measures to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. “Implementing simple principles can be the difference between life or death this summer for Texans.”