Cooling centers open in some Bay Area cities amid heat wave


Cooling centers are opening today in the North Bay, where temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees in many areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the San Francisco Bay region between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today.

Santa Rosa is opening the Bennett Valley Senior Center at 704 Bennett Valley Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Finley Recreation complex at 2060 West College Ave. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and the Steele Lane Community Center at 415 Steele Lane from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All three centers are open Monday through Friday.

A full list of city facilities, including swim and community centers, is available at or by calling (707) 543-3542.

The Petaluma Community Center at 320 N. McDowell Blvd. in Lucchesi Park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Thursday.

All public facilities in Vacaville are open as cooling centers, city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.





SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Bay Area temperatures are expected this week to reach temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above seasonal averages, prompting some cooling centers to open in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the weather service, temperatures will be hottest today through Thursday.

In San Francisco, temperatures will reach the lower 90s, while in Oakland temperatures are expected to go up to the upper 90s. In the San Jose area, temperatures will reach as high as 102 degrees, weather service officials said.

In response to the heat, some cities are opening up cooling centers, places where residents are invited to take refuge in air-conditioned rooms.

Pleasanton, which is expected to reach 102 degrees, will offer cooling centers at the city’s library at 400 Old Bernal Ave. and at the senior center at 5353 Sunol Blvd. today. According to city officials, cool water, air conditioning, and a place to play games and watch television will be provided at the cooling centers.

Walnut Creek, which has a forecasted high of 105 degrees, will be opening Civic Park Community Center at 1375 Civic Drive as a cooling center today through Friday, according to city officials.

High temperatures can lead to heat stress or exhaustion, according to the weather service, which advises people to drink plenty of water, reschedule strenuous outdoor activity, wear light-colored lightweight clothing, and never leave children, pets, or disabled adults in parked vehicles.

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