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California Swelters In Triple-Digit Heat Through Labor Day

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No matter where you go in California this Labor Day Weekend, you'll have to contend with hot weather. Temperatures will be near record levels from 105 to 111 degrees.

San Francisco broke an all-time record Friday hitting 106 degrees smashing the 103 record set in 2000.

Michelle Mead is with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. She says there's a strong ridge of high pressure that has parked itself over the state.

"Basically it means the air is very stagnant or we don't get a lot of flow moving through," says Mead. "So it cuts off the delta breeze which we all know is Mother Nature's air conditioner, so that is going to be cut off for a time."

A crazy-quilt of excessive-heat warnings, watches and advisories, along with Red Flag warnings of high fire danger and air quality alerts because of smoke from wildfires, blanket the region from Washington state to Southern California and as far east as Montana.

The Sacramento region is under an excessive heat warning through Monday night. Mead says that means there's a high risk of heat-related illnesses for everybody, not just sensitive groups.

"Even very healthy folks. You know, we kind of take for granted that 'I'm in good shape, I can go out and run at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.' This is one of those scenarios where you're going to want to rethink that. When it gets this hot, even folks in really good condition can be impacted by heat exhaustion."

Today's expected high in Sacramento is 109 degrees. Meteorologists say tomorrow's high could be 110.

"We were looking back at the climate records and this one is kind of off the charts."

Mead says this is the time of year when nights get longer and the days get shorter and high temperatures typically decrease into the low 90s or upper 80s.

"For temperatures to be over 100 for a couple of days like this, this is extremely out of the ordinary."

Mead says we won't see temps below the mid-90s for while.

"Even if we cool down next week, right not it's still looking like around 100," says Mead. "So kind of like we saw the middle of this week, 99 will feel cool after 110 over the weekend."

Cooling centers are open in the Sacramento region.

Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Cooling Center Open Monday, August 28 through Friday,
September 1, 2017, noon – 6 pm
Service animals only
Water, snacks, and movies will be available
1st Floor-Look for signs directing you to the rooms available
Residents who are particularly vulnerable to the heat and who do not have transportation should contact the City at 916-851-8937.

Wind Youth Services (AGES 12-24 ONLY)
3671 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Cooling Center Open Monday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am – 3 pm;
Tuesday Noon – 6 pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm; Closed Sunday
Near the corner of Broadway and Fifth Ave.
Smoking allowed outside
No animals except service animals
Water and snacks provided

Joint City/County Cooling Center at Hart Senior Center
915 27th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cooling Center Open Thursday, August 31 through Monday,
September 4, 2017, 1 pm – 8 pm
Located on 27th Street between I and J Street
No smoking allowed
Pets welcome
Water and snacks provided

Galt City Police Department
455 Industrial Drive
Galt, CA 95632
Cooling Center Open Wednesday, August 30th, through Sunday,
September 3, 2017, 9 am – 6 pm
Near Intersection of Industrial Drive and Elm Ave.
No smoking allowed
Service animals only
Water provided (no food provided)
Located in the front lobby of the police station

Cosumnes Community Services District – Wackford Center
9014 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Open Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3, 2017
8 am – midnight
Near the corner of Big Horn Blvd. and Bruceville Road
Service animals only
Water provided
Held in the front lobby 

Elk Grove HART – Reflect Church
9075 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Open Thursday, August 31 – Tuesday, September 5, 2017
12 pm - 6 pm
Near the corner of Elk Grove Blvd. and Railroad Ave.
Service animals only
Water and snacks provided
Held upstairs 

Auburn Library 
350 Nevada St. 
Auburn, CA 95603
Thursday, Aug. 31 through Saturday, Sept. 2: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4: 2 - 8 p.m.

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