It’s another hot week in the Valley. Highs are set to be above 100 degrees each work day.
Forecast highs in Fresno this week:Tuesday: 107Wednesday: 106Thursday: 105Friday: 101Saturday: 99Source: National Weather Service
As a result, Fresno opened the city’s cooling centers Monday, and four city pools will have free swimming from 1 to 5 p.m.
“This is better than being out there!” Janet Aquilar laughed on Monday afternoon. She brought her son and her younger brother to Romain Playground. She sat with her 3-year-old son Angel inside the cooling center. Angel was busy eating carrots and drinking cold chocolate milk that the playground offers for kids.
Aquilar said she had a swamp cooler at home, but coming to the cooling center was better. She said she will be coming back as the week gets hotter.
Monday was hot enough. By 5 p.m., the high had reached 104 degrees.
On Monday, Robert Johnson came to Ted C. Wills Center to “get out of the heat and have fun.” Johnson and his brother, Chinook Anderson, send texts to everyone they know to come and play basketball for a few hours in the gym that also doubles as the cooling center. Johnson is a football coach at Fresno High.
“A lot of these guys, they come from impoverished communities,” Johnson said. “So this is a good way for everyone to stay out of trouble.”
He comes with Anderson to the center four times a week. About 15 men were there playing basketball, and Johnson said he knew almost all of them. More people tend to come as the afternoon progresses, and the gym can fill up quickly.
With the week only getting hotter, having cool spaces to play is critical, especially for children. Fresno Unified School District is monitoring students during summer school recess, and will cancel any outdoor events if it gets above 105 degrees.
The cooling centers will be open from noon to 8 p.m Monday through Wednesday. Buses will give free rides to anyone saying they need a lift to a cooling center.
Fresno cooling centers open noon to 8 p.m.
- Romain Playground, 745 N. First St.
- Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor Ave.
- Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
- Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
- Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
Free swimming 1-5 p.m. at these city pools:
- Airways: 5440 E. Shields Ave.
- Frank H. Ball: 760 Mayor Ave.
- Mary Ella Brown:1350 E. Annadale Ave.
- Mosqueda: 4780 E. Butler Ave.