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Heat wave hits Bay Area

Cooling centers open in some cities

Bay Area temperatures are expected this week to reach temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above seasonal averages, prompting some cooling centers to open in the region, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the weather service, temperatures will be hottest Tuesday through Thursday.

In San Francisco, temperatures will reach the lower 90s, while in Oakland temperatures are expected to go up to the upper 90s. In the San Jose area, temperatures will reach as high as 102 degrees, weather service officials said.

In response to the heat, some cities are opening up cooling centers, places where residents are invited to take refuge in air-conditioned rooms.

Pleasanton, which is expected to reach 102 degrees, will offer cooling centers at the city's library at 400 Old Bernal Ave. and at the senior center at 5353 Sunol Blvd. Tuesday. According to city officials, cool water, air conditioning, and a place to play games and watch television will be provided at the cooling centers.

Walnut Creek, which has a forecasted high of 105 degrees, will be opening Civic Park Community Center at 1375 Civic Drive as a cooling center Tuesday through Friday, according to city officials.

High temperatures can lead to heat stress or exhaustion, according to the weather service, which advises people to drink plenty of water, reschedule strenuous outdoor activity, wear light-colored lightweight clothing, and never leave children, pets, or disabled adults in parked vehicles.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Are there any cooling centers on the Peninsula? In the past I've taken elderly neighbors to airconditioned places, but those were always movie theaters, restaurants and bookstores.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Here's a partial list of bay area cooling centers..

Web Link

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Posted by Nu
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Is it always this hot in this area in September?

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on Sep 9, 2015 at 12:40 am

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

Well at least we can say cool off in the new libraries. In the old days the libraries closed because it was too hot.

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Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

At the very least nobody's said to me; "Is it hot enough for you?"
@Nu, I've been here about 50 years and recall many, many hot Septembers.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

And as kids we always played in the sprinklers.

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Posted by Don
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Time to go for a run.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Anon - thank you for that link! There are many more cooling centers than I thought.

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Posted by OPar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 9, 2015 at 10:50 pm


Well, thanks to climate change, we're warming up. That said, as long as I can remember (and that's a ways back), we've have serious heat waves in September. Usually, the hottest weather of the year.

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