Cooling centers open around the Bay Area

August 29, 2008 7:41:21 PM PDT
Cooling centers across the South Bay and East Bay are opening their doors to residents today as temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees and higher.

Sweltering temperatures are expected throughout the San Francisco Bay Area today, with triple digit heat in the South and East Bay, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said. A heat advisory has been issued for the East Bay Hills and Santa Clara Valley until 6 p.m.

"Temperatures should be a few degrees cooler today than yesterday throughout the region, but it won't be very noticeable," Benjamin said. However, it will be "notably cooler tomorrow, with temperatures as much as 20 to 30 degrees cooler," he added.

Livermore is expected to reach 102 degrees today, Morgan Hill is looking to be around 99 degrees and the regions surrounding them will be about the same, Benjamin said.

Cooling centers are being opened by cities throughout the heat-afflicted areas to give residents who live without air conditioning a place to cool off. Residents should contact city officials to find the cooling center closest to them.

The National Weather Service extended a red flag warning for the North Bay and East Bay Hills until 8 p.m. tonight.

Near-record temperatures coupled with low humidity and windy weather have increased the danger of fire and prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to issue high fire danger warnings for much of the Bay Area.

Cal Fire is reminding campers to get permits before starting campfires and to be "extra cautious" in high fire danger areas. Exhaust pipes and mufflers also spark fires if drivers pull vehicles into dry grass or brush.

Cooling centers in Santa Clara County:

Campbell:
Campbell Community Center
1 West Campbell Ave.
Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Morgan Hill:
Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center
171 West Edmundson Ave.
Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saratoga:
Saratoga Community Center
19655 Allendale Ave.
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Ave.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunnyvale:
Sunnyvale Senior Center
550 East Remington Drive
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

San Jose:
City of San Jose Community Centers (Call for hours)

Almaden Community Center
6445 Camden Ave.
408-268-1133

Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.
408-559-8553

Gardner Community Center
520 West Virginia Street
408-277-4761

Hank Lopez Community Center
1694 Adrian Way
408-521-2850

Evergreen Community Center
4860 San Felipe Road
408-270-2220

Southside Community Center
5585 Cottle Road
408-629-3336

George Shirakawa Community Center
2072 Lucretia Ave.
408-277-3317

Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Road
408-251-6392

Willows Senior Center
2175 Lincoln Ave.
408-448-6400

West San Jose Community Center
3707 Williams Road
408-249-6580

Cooling Centers in Contra Costa County:
(Call for hours)

Antioch:
Antioch Senior Center
415 West 2nd Street
925-778-1158

Bay Point:
Ambrose Community Center
3105 Willow Pass Road
925-458-1601

Brentwood:
Brentwood Senior Center
730 Third Street
925-516-5444

Concord:
Concord Senior Center
2727 Parkside Circle
925-552-1536

Hercules:
Hercules Senior Center
111 Civic Drive
510-779-8219

Martinez:
Martinez Senior Center
818 Green Street
925-370-8770

Pinole:
Pinole Senior Center
2500 Charles Ave.
510-724-9800

Pittsburg:
Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane
925-439-4001

Pleasant Hill:
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane
925-798-8788

Richmond:
Richmond Senior Cneter
2525 Macdonald Ave.
510-307-8087

San Ramon:
Dougherty Station Commuinity Cneter
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
925-973-3350

Dougherty Station Library
17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
925-973-3380

Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center
10550 Albion Road
925-973-3335

San Ramon Library
100 Montgomery Street
925-973-2850

San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Park
9900 Broadmoor Drive
925-973-3240

San Ramon Senior Center
9300 Alcosta Blvd.
925-973-3240

Walnut Creek:
Jewish Community Center
2017 Tice Valley Blvd.
925-938-7800

Walnut Creek Senior Club
1375 Civic Drive
925-943-5851


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