Los Angeles Sets Up Cooling Centers

Residents in the Los Angeles area who need a break from the high temperatures can now seek refuge in cooling centers that have been set up around the city. The centers have been set up by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department. There are also some centers that will be open extended hours on Saturdays for those who need to get out of the heat, such as elderly individuals who might not have air, the homeless or families who can't afford air in the home.

Record-breaking temperatures were seen in early July in Los Angeles with numbers reaching 96 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the weekend of July 8 and 9. Cooling centers are in various areas across Los Angeles, such as Canoga Park and Lake View Terrace. The goal of setting up the cooling centers is to try to reach as many people as possible who have a need for cooler air. Residents can also seek refuge in shopping centers and local libraries. Most of the centers are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Residents who do visit a library to beat the heat have a table to sit at, a restroom and access to the internet along with numerous books, giving them something to do while not being in the high temperatures outside. City officials are urging people to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated through the high heat. Other suggestions include wearing loose-fitting clothing, sunscreen if outside and a hat to keep the sun off the face. People who work outside are encouraged to take more breaks and to find a shady location to cool off during the day. Children and pets should never be left alone in a car during the high temperatures that the city is experiencing.


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