Fresno, Visalia to open cooling centers as heat rises this weekend

The Fresno BeeJune 6, 2014 

Fresno and Visalia will open cooling centers this weekend with triple-digit temperatures forecast to break records this weekend.

Saturday's high will be 103, and highs Sunday and Monday of 106 and 107 will surpass local temperature records, said Modesto Vasquez of the National Weather Service in Hanford. Temperatures are expected to dip back down into the double digits Tuesday or Wednesday, Vasquez said.

The cooling centers are at:

  • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
  • Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
  • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.

The city's FAX bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from cooling center sites when the centers are open. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a cooling center.

Visalia will open its transit center as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and will also be open the same hours Sunday and Monday.

The transit center is located at 425 E. Oak Ave. There is ample seating, vending machines and restrooms. All of the city's bus routes eventually lead to the transit center, providing transportation.

For further information, contact the Visalia Fire Department at (559) 713-4244.

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