Heat Update: More Cooling Centers Opening; Flex Alerts Monday and Tuesday



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 01, 2013

Temperatures in the Sacramento region are forecast to exceed 110 degrees for much of the week.  Many communities have opened cooling centers or extended the hours of community centers. 

Steven Cantelme is the acting chief of the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services.  He says when overnight temperatures don’t drop below 75 degrees, his office considers opening cooling stations.

“We knew –based on the weather predictions- that we were going to have those temperatures reached by Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week, so we decided as a precaution to open up a little bit early,” explains Cantelme.

The office of emergency services said as recently as Friday that the low temperatures would not exceed 75 degrees for more than three straight nights and as such cooling centers wouldn’t be needed.  Even though the national Weather Service and the Weather Channel still say Sacramento won’t exceed that number the City and County together announced four centers will be open with extended hours thru Thursday. 

Sacramento has reported about a dozen people so far at two centers.  In Folsom the city has extended its senior center, library and pool hours until 8 at night.  Sue Ryan with the City of Folsom says it’s hard to tell how many people will take advantage of temporary relief from the heat.

“As far as how many people may actually come in and take advanatage of this, I honestly have no idea.  We just wanted to make the offer and make these facilities available who may be without air condition and may be in need of some heat relief,” says Ryan.

The City of Elk Grove have opened two cooling centers as a proactive safety precaution for residents who may be unsheltered or living in homes without air conditioning.

The city of Roseville has opened a cooling center at its downtown library.   San Joaquin County has opened six cooling centers, the Stockton Civic Auditorium and five community centers.

Yuba City’s senior center is open overnights to seniors only.  The city is asking people to go to the mall or libraries during the hottest parts of the day.

The National Weather Service says 100-degree temperatures should be expected through Friday with relief coming later to communities farther from the delta breeze.

JULY 3 Rivercats Game Moved to 7:05 P.M.

To accommodate pre- and post-game festivities and to help fans and players beat the heat, the Sacramento Rivercats announce that first pitch for the Wednesday, July 3 game against the Tucson Padres at Raley Field has been moved back 30 minutes from 6:35 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.  Gates will still open at 5 p.m.

 

List of Cooling Centers

SACRAMENTO

Clunie Center
601 Alhambra Blvd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 8 p.m.

Mims / Hagginwood Community Center
3271 Marysville Blvd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Rd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club
1117 G Street
Open Sunday Only, 2 – 9 p.m.

Fruitridge Community Center
4000 Fruitridge Rd
Open Monday through Thursday (County), 2 – 9 p.m.

Salvation Army
1200 N B Street is open 6 pm – 6 am for homeless visitors to get out of the heat: no sleeping arrangements are available. 

More information is available here.

ELK GROVE

The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) and the City of Elk Grove have opened two cooling centers as a proactive safety precaution for residents who may be unsheltered or living in homes without air conditioning.

The following cooling centers are now open:

Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex

9014 Bruceville Road
2 to 8 p.m.

Laguna Town Hall

3020 Renwick Ave

2 to 8 p.m.

The cooling centers will offer seating, water and an air conditioned room that will provide shelter from the heat.  The cooling centers will be operated by CSD staff.  Laguna Town Hall can accommodate small pets only.  Pets are not permitted at the Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex.

Besides cooling centers, other options are stores, community centers, public libraries, coffee shops and family and friends’ homes.  

ROSEVILLE

Additionally, the city of Roseville has opened a cooling center at its downtown library. More information is available here.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

In San Joaquin County, Public Health Services has determined that cooling centers will be needed.  A list of cooling centers, addresses, hours and any special conditions and instructions will be available, July 1.  Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, the California Independent System Operator (CalISO), which oversees the state's power grid, has issued Flex Alerts for Northern California on Monday and Tuesday.

CalISO is asking consumers to turn off all extra lights, leave air conditioners set to 78 degrees or higher (and turn them off if away), and only use appliances after 6pm.

The National Weather Service says it expects the heat wave to continue at least through the middle of the week.

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