A ridge of high pressure along the West Coast is dragging warmer air into the Valley and will push temperatures above 100 degrees in Fresno this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
The high in Fresno is forecast to be 103 degrees Saturday, 104 degrees Sunday and 103 on Monday. To help residents beat the heat, the city will open cooling centers and public pools and offer free transportation through the FAX bus system.
Cooling centers will open at the following locations:
▪ Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
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▪ Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.
▪ Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
▪ Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
▪ Romain Neighborhood Park, 745 N. First St.
Free bus rides are available to anyone needing transportation. Tell the bus driver of the need to get to a cooling center.
Swimming pools are also available from 1 to 5 p.m. for those wanting to cool off this weekend.
Pool locations are:
▪ Airways, 5440 E. Shields Ave.
▪ Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor Ave.
▪ Mary Ella Brown, 1350 E. Annadale Ave.
▪ Mosqueda, 4870 E. Butler Ave.
Cooling centers are also opening in the South Valley.
In Visalia, the transit center will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The center, at 425 E. Oak Ave., has ample seating, vending machines and restrooms. All bus routes lead to the center. The high Sunday is forecast for 104 degrees, falling to 103 Monday and Tuesday.
In Hanford, the Longfield Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. The center is at 560 S. Douty St. Saturday’s high will be 103 degrees, while Sunday will be 105.