The central San Joaquin Valley is preparing for a four-day, 100-plus-degree heat wave, according to the National Weather Service.
“All indications are suggesting it’s going to be very hot,” said Scott Rowe of the National Weather Service office in Hanford. State agencies already are working to inform the public how to stay cool during the heat wave, and Rowe said safety during higher temperatures is crucial.
Fresno cooling centers: 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. Romain Neighborhood Park, 745 N. First St.
“Drink extra water and get as much shade as possible if you are going outside,” Rowe said. “Be able to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses.”
Visalia’s transit center at 425 E. Oak Ave. will become a cooling center Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for residents to escape the higher temperatures. Fresno’s cooling centers open up whenever the forecast calls for a high of 105 or hotter. That is true in Hanford as well. There, the Longfield Center, 560 S. Douty St., will open at 1 p.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.
PG&E has asked residents throughout the Valley to conserve energy when possible by unplugging unnecessary appliances and setting air conditioning units to 85 or higher when away from home.
The National Weather Service issued a heat warning starting Monday for the Kern County desert, where highs could climb to 114 degrees. Temperatures in Fresno will be well above the average of 92 degrees but won’t beat Valley records, the NWS said.
Sunday’s high is expected to reach 97 degrees, with Monday at 103, and Tuesday should round out the week’s hottest temperatures at 105 before cooling down to 97 by Friday.
Rowe said the summer solstice, which marks the astronomical first day of summer, will be at 3:34 p.m. on Monday.
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