Triple-digit heat is back in the Sacramento region.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for this week that’ll go into this weekend. Meteorologist Craig Shoemaker says Tuesday and Wednesday will be the hottest days this week, and there’ll be little reprieve during the night.
“The overnight low temperatures will be quite, quite warm also. That’s kind of the tipping point for there to be an advisory for the situation,” Shoemaker said. “We’ll have overnight lows in a lot of areas in the upper 60s and maybe close to 70 degrees.”
On Tuesday, we can expect a high of 104 degrees, and Wednesday will see 102 degrees. Shoemaker said daytime highs during the week will be in the upper 90s to near 100 degrees through early next week.
The hot temperatures have prompted cities and countries throughout the region to open cooling centers.
The city of Sacramento is opening its former Science Center at 3615 Auburn Blvd on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The facility is now known as the Outreach and Engagement Center and serves as a weather respite location.
Gregg Fishman, a spokesman for the city of Sacramento, said city staff and contractors will reach out directly to people living in encampments to tell them about the cooling center. They also plan to use social media, news releases and 211 to inform people, he said.
The Auburn Boulevard facility can accommodate up to 50 people and offers space for pets and belongings. Visitors will be provided water, snacks and device recharging. The city does not have formal plans to provide transportation to the center, though Fishman said there is an RT bus stop nearby.
Sacramento County will use three Department of Human Assistance offices as cooling centers from Tuesday, June 21, until Monday, June 27. The locations are:
- DHA Annex, 1725 28th St., Sacramento
- DHA Service Center, 5747 Watt Ave., North Highlands
- DHA Service Center, 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento
The centers will be open 4-8 p.m. during the week and 2-8 p.m. on weekends.
Rancho Cordova will be opening its city hall on Prospect Park Drive, whereas in Elk Grove, the cooling center will be in the Wackford Community Center on Bruceville Road.
Face coverings are still required at all cooling centers, and no pets are allowed.
Despite the high temperatures, Shoemaker said this kind of heat is fairly typical for the summer, even if it’s on the higher side.
“We get heat like this several times a year. Now is it normal? We’re running 15 to 20 degrees above normal for high temperatures in a lot of areas, so it is above normal,” he said.
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