Valley cooling centers open to take flame out of heat spell

The Fresno BeeJune 9, 2014 

As temperatures skyrocket this week above 100, many Valley cities are scheduled to provide refuge in cooling centers.

Monday's high predicted at 108 degrees in Fresno will be the peak of the week's hot weather, and is expected to tie the 1902 record.

Fresno cooling centers will be open for the rest of Monday, and if the National Weather Service forecasts a high over 105 for Tuesday, the cooling centers will be open again. Tuesday's high is currently predicted to be 103.

Cooling centers in Fresno are located 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.

In Clovis, the Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., serves as a cooling center From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Madera and Chowchilla cooling centers are scheduled to be open throughout the week. The Madera Rescue Mission, 332 Elm St., will be open anytime the temperature is at or exceeds 100.

Other Madera-area cooling centers and their hours:

  • Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 S. D St., 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Pan Am Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Ranchos/Hills Senior Center, 37339 Berkshire Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Transit Center in Visalia, 425 E. Oak Ave., will be open until 10 p.m. today, providing basic necessities like seating, restrooms and vending machines.

The California Animal Disaster Team warns animal owners that the heat is dangerous for pets. The team reminds pet owners to never leave their animals in the car, provide them with plenty of fresh water and shade and help pets avoid walking on hot asphalt.

Signs of an overheated pet could include difficult breathing, excessive panting or drooling, an increased heart rate and weakness. Flat-faced animals like Pugs, French bulldogs and Persian cats, have a hard time panting to cool down and need extra care, CCADT says. It is also a good idea to brush or shave animals to help them lose their winter coats and reduce shedding.

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