Cooling centers are opening up as temperatures rise

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Temperatures in the Central Valley are forecast to remain high over the coming days. The heat has prompted local cities to open up their cooling centers.

In Merced, the City Cooling Zone will be in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center at 678 W. 18th Sreet. It will be open from Wednesday until Friday between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and is pet-friendly. Free bus rides are also available for residents to get to and from the centers. Details on other cooling centers open in Merced County are available here.

In Madera, the city’s cooling centers will be in the Pan Am Community Center at 703 East Sherwood Way and in the Frank Bergon Senior Center at 238 South D Street. Both are open Wednesday until Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Free bus rides to the cooling centers are available between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on any route 1 bus.

In Fresno, the city’s four cooling centers will be in the Ted C. Wills Community Center at 770 N. San Pablo, the Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center at 760 Mayor, the Mosqueda Community Center at 4670 E. Butler, and the Pinedale Community Center at 7170 N. San Pablo. They remain open until further notice between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free bus rides to the centers are available on normal FAX routes.

In Sanger, The Sanger Annex at 1789 Jensen Ave will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on days the National Weather Service forecasts will reach at least 105 °F.

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