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Heat Wave: Local Cooling Centers And Spaces

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As we prepare for a potentially record-setting heat wave in both the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys, cooling centers are opening to help the most vulnerable.

Forecasters are warning that the Central Valley is in for an extended heatwave that could push Sacramento close to its hottest temperature ever. Temperatures are expected to reach into the mid to high 100s through the weekend. An Excessive Heat Watch is set to go into effect on Friday.

We checked in with several counties, including Stanislaus, where cooling centers in Ceres, Modesto and several other areas are open.

Additionally, county officials said there will also be home visits with the elderly.

"We're continuously keeping check of the elderly members of our community to make sure that they have supplies in place that will assist them," said Kamlesh Kaur, with Stanislaus County Public Health.

San Joaquin County is also opening up cooling centers – even offering emergency energy assistance to low-income families by providing fans to cool off.

Mark Mercado said he worries about his elderly brother who doesn't have air conditioning.

"I have a brother who is ten years older than I am and he's at the point where he needs a cooling center because his small apartment doesn't even have AC," Mercado said.

The following is a list of cooling centers that will be opening this weekend. Due to the pandemic, the California Department of Public Health recommends centers screen for symptoms, encourage physical distancing and mask-wearing, and implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Learn more here.



    • Wackford Center, 9014 Bruceville Rd, Friday-Wednesday, 1 - 9 pm


    • Folsom City Senior & Arts Center, 48 Natoma Street Folsom, Ca 95824 Friday – Wednesday Noon – 7 pm


    • Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Ave, Friday-Wednesday, 11 am - 8 pm


    • City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Friday-Wednesday, Noon - 6 pm

SACRAMENTO (Open 8/14-19 from noon until 8 p.m.)

    • Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St.
    • Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd.George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan St.



    • Arnold Rue Community Center – 5758 Lorraine Ave., Stockton 95210; Open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
    • Van Buskirk Community Center – 734 Houston Ave., Stockton 95206; Open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


    • Tracy Transit Center – located at 50 E. 6th Street.
      • Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
      • Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. when temperatures are forecasted to reach 100 degrees.



  • Rocklin Police Department - 4080 Rocklin Road. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday 8/17 and Tuesday 8/18.

(Library facilities will be made available during extreme heat events)


    • Ceres Community Center - 2701 4th Street, Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 209-538-5682


    • Regional Water Safety Training Center - Empire Pool —  10 "I" Street, Corner of "I" & Yosemite 209-529-9121 ext. 11
      June -August: Session 1- 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Session 2- 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Session 3- 4:00 p.m.-5:30p.m.
      Cost: $3.00


    • Hughson Community Center - 2307 Fourth Street. Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      Friday (if needed) 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    • Vintage Faire Mall - 3401 Dale Road Modesto. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Modesto Library Auditorium - 1500 "I" Street 209-558-7808


    • Newman Public Library 1305 Kern Street Newman 209-862-2010


    • Oakdale Public Library 151 S. 1st Avenue Oakdale 209-847-4204


    • Patterson Public Library 46 N. Salado Avenue Patterson 209-892-6473


    • Riverbank Public Library 3442 Santa Fe Street Riverbank 209-869-7008


    • City Hall 101 E Street 209-874-2328 Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



    • 1110 W. Capital Ave Friday-Sunday 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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