Hot and hotter is the forecast for the central San Joaquin Valley this week from the National Weather Service.
The forecast calls for a high of 106 degrees today, 104 Tuesday and 102 through the rest of the week.
Along with the high temperatures come warnings to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, never leave children or pets in vehicles and periodically check on children and the elderly.
There are a number of ways to beat the heat in the Valley, including cooling centers in many communities (Area codes 559 unless noted):
Sierra Vista Mall, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. when the temperature reaches 105 degrees. Transportation to and from the site will be provided free of charge by Clovis Transit. 324-2770.
City activates its cooling centers noon-8 p.m. when the National Weather Service forecasts a temperature of 105 degrees or higher.
There is free bus service to cooling centers. Residents must tell the driver that they are traveling to a cooling center. 621-2489.
-- Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 N. Mayor Ave.
-- Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
-- Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
-- Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
-- Grace Community Church, 1620 Church Ave., noon-8 p.m.
-- Sanger Senior Center, 730 Recreation Ave., open to adults 50 and older Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
-- Free swimming Friday 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Sanger Pool, 730 Recreation Ave.
Coe Park Hall, 543 S. Douty St. in Hanford, 1-8 p.m.
Pan Am Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way and Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 South D S.
Senior Center, 820 W. Robertson Blvd., Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Alpaugh Public Library, 3816 Avenue 54, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 949-8355.
Cutler/Orosi Public Library, 12646 Avenue 416, Orosi, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 591-5830.
Dinuba Public Library, 150 South I St., Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 591-5829.
Earlimart Public Library, 780 E. Washington St., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (661) 849-2525.
Exeter Public Library, 230 E. Chestnut St., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 592-5361.
Ivanhoe Public Library, 15964 Heather Ave., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m., Thursdays noon to 3 p.m., 4-7 p.m. 798-1264.
Lindsay Public Library, 157 N. Mirage St., Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 562-3021.
Pixley Public Library, 300 N. School St., Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 757-3880.
Porterville City Hall, 291 N. Main St., Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 782-7466.
Porterville Public Library, 41 W. Thurman Ave., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 784-0177.
Springville Public Library, 35800 Highway 190, Thursdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. 539-2624.
Strathmore Public Library, 19646 Road 230, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 568-1087.
Terra Bella Public Library, 23825 Avenue 92, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m. 535-5583.
Three Rivers Public Library, 42052 Eggers Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; Thursdays noon-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m. 561-4564.
Tipton Public Library, 301 E. Woods Ave., Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 752-4236.
Tulare Senior Community Center, 201 North F St., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1 to Oct. 1.
Visalia Public Library, 200 W. Oak Ave., Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays noon-6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 713-2700.
Visalia Transit Center, 425 E. Oak Ave., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Woodlake Public Library, 400 W. Whitney Ave., Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 564-8424.