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Cooling centers open in parts of the Bay Area

Hot temperatures, hazy skies experienced across the Bay Area
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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY -- High heat advisories and excessive heat warnings will be in effect for inland parts of the Bay Area Tuesday, prompting some local agencies to set up cooling centers to help residents beat the heat.

KPIX 5 First Alert Weather: Current Conditions, Forecasts, Alerts For Your Area

The extreme heat conditions led KPIX's meteorologists to declare Tuesday a First Alert Weather day and the National Weather Service to issue widespread heat advisory and extreme heat watch.

Cities included in the watch were Concord, Antioch, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Pittsburg, San Ramon and Blackhawk.

The Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department (EHSD) is opening the following cooling centers on Tuesday, August 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Face coverings are required in these spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Brentwood             151 Sand Creek Road
Martinez                  40 Douglas Drive
Richmond              1305 Macdonald Avenue

An additional cooling center will open at the Brentwood Community Center at 35 Oak Street in Brentwood, It will be open Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The city of San Leandro has opened the main library and Marina Community Center as cooling centers, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturdays. 

The library is at 300 Estudillo Ave. The community center is at 15301 Wicks Blvd. The cooling centers open when outside temperatures reach 90 degrees. 

The city will provide an air-conditioned room with chairs and water. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. For more information, call (510) 577-3971 or email

Santa Clara County is opening the following cooling centers on Tuesday:

The Sunnyvale Library at 665 W. Olive Avenue will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Campbell Community Center at 1 West Campbell Avenue will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Centennial Recreation Center in Morgan Hill at 171 W. Edmundson Avenue is open 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the week and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend.

The city of Santa Clara is offering several facilities as cooling centers including three public libraries, a senior center and a community center. A full list of locations and operating hours is available here.

Solano County officials are offering the county's public libraries as cooling centers during normal operating hours. Additional information as well as links to individual Solano County city government websites which may have their own cooling centers in operation are available here

Although Santa Rosa is not activating official cooling centers Tuesday, the Finley and Steele Lane community centers will be open for residents to find relief from the warm daytime temperatures. Hours of operation for each facility is as follows:

  • Finley Community Center: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Steele Lane Community Center: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PG&E has also set up a cooling center locator on its website.

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