Extreme Heat Cause For Concern In California's Central Valley


The National Weather Service in Sacramento is warning that extreme heat will be the rule throughout much of interior Northern California for the next several days. Temperatures will likely exceed 100 degrees now through Wednesday, according to the forecasters, who have issued an an Excessive Heat Warning. That means the possibility of heat related illnesses will increase as the thermometer rises.

The forecasters also said there will be little to no relief overnight during this heatwave with low temperatures in the 70s to 80s.

Sacramento County is responding to the forecast by opening cooling centers in several areas. Each cooling center location will follow the CDPH Cooling Center guidelines. As of Aug. 13, below is the available information about cooling centers. For the latest Cooling Center locations, dates and hours, dial 2-1-1 or go to 211sacramento.org. They are providing bus routes information for those needing a ride to the closest cooling center location. Click on this interactive map for that information.

Cooling centers will be available in following areas:

  • Sacramento's Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd, Friday-Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan St, Friday-Tuesday, also from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Elk Grove's Wackford Center, 9014 Bruceville Rd, Friday-Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Galt's Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Ave, Friday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Folsom's City Senior & Art Center, 48 Natoma St., Friday-Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Rancho Cordova's City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Friday-Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Stockton's Arnold Rue Community Center, 5758 Lorraine Ave., and Van Buskirk Community Center, 734 Houston Ave., Friday and Saturday, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. each.

It's advised that you check on elderly family members and friends. Since pets and other animals are vulnerable to the heat, experts recommend that you make sure they have plenty of water to drink and a cool place to rest during the peak heat of the day.

Meteorologist Eileen Javora talks about the extreme heat in the interior of Northern California that has people concerned.