The city and county of Sacramento will open cooling centers this week as another round of dangerous heat descends upon the area. Forecasters expect temperatures to range from 100 degrees up to 115 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, which will be the hottest days.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Friday through Monday evening for the Sacramento region, including the foothills and mountains up to 6,000 feet in elevation.
The Sacramento cooling centers will open at:
- Hagginwood Community Center at 3271 Marysville Blvd. in Del Paso Heights.
- Hart Senior Center at 915 27th St. in Midtown.
Each center will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
A third cooling center will open in South Sacramento from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday at Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 6701 Lemon Hill Ave. The city is providing resources for that center while church staff and volunteers are operating it, according to a city news release.
Sacramento County officials starting Friday plan to keep five Department of Human Assistance service centers open until 8 p.m. to also provide relief from the severe weather, according to a press release. Typically, the offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The centers are located at:
- 2700 Fulton Ave., Sacramento
- 5747 Watt Ave., North Highlands
- 2450 Florin Rd., Sacramento
- 3960 Research Dr., Sacramento
- 1725 28th St., Sacramento
The extended hours will continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday through 8 p.m. each day.
“All community members are welcome,” the county press release said of the centers. “Protective facial coverings will be required and provided to all visitors that do not have them. Pets must be on a leash or contained in an animal carrier at all times.”
In addition, county officials plan to distribute motel vouchers to homeless residents starting on Tuesday to provide shelter ahead of the hot weather. The county works with homeless outreach partners to identify those with the greatest need for vouchers, such as unhoused families and those who are elderly or sick.
The National Weather Service warned that the high day-time temperatures combined with the very warm overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 80s “will result in widespread high to very high heat risk, and will bring increased chances for heat-related illness.”
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