Valley bakes; triple-digit heat expected next 7 days

The Fresno BeeJuly 3, 2014 

With her tongue purple from a popcicle, 5-year-old Kinsley Salcedo has a taste of cool water from a lawn sprinkler at her home in Old Town Clovis, in seeking relief from the heat wave hitting the area.

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The temperature climbed to triple digits for the fifth straight day in the Valley on Thursday, and the heat wave is expected to continue at least another seven days, forecasts show.

The high temperature in Fresno topped out at 104 degrees. The forecast calls for that same high today. Saturday and Sunday's highs are expected to hit 103 degrees, then the heat will jump Monday and Tuesday to 106.

Next Wednesday is expected to be 103, before Thursday drops a degree to 102.

Cooling centers will remain open in Fresno for those needing relief. Free bus transportation to the cooling centers is also available.

The cooling centers 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 Madera, cooling centers are located at:

• The Madera Rescue Mission, 332 Elm St.

• Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 S. D St., Madera 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.

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. On Saturday, it's open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Visalia, the Transit Center, 425 E. Oak Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In Hanford, the Longfield Center, 560 S. Douty St., will open from 1 to 9 p.m.

In Chowchilla, the Chowchilla Senior Center, 820 W. Robertson Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Officials advise that residents check in on elderly neighbors or family members to make sure they are staying cool in their homes.

People should also remember to stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion.

The reporter can be reached at smartin@fresnobee.com or @SharonBMartin on Twitter.

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