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Posted on: July 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Places to Cool and Heat Safety Tips

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Hot weather is forecasted for Thursday, July 8, through Sunday, July 11. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the East Bay Hills from 12 pm on Saturday through 10 pm on Sunday.

See locations in Contra Costa County to cool off during high heat this week. According to state guidelines, masks are required for everyone in cooling centers. 

Contra Costa County Libraries

See 20 library locations available as cooling centers. Visit ccclib.org for addresses and hours of operation, or call 1-800-984-4636 for assistance.

Antioch, Prewett in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Pablo, Dougherty Station in San Ramon, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek Library locations.

TIPS TO PREVENT heat-related symptoms: 

  • Drink water. Sip all day; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
  • Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim.
  • Keep shades drawn, and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.
  • Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening.

See Cooling Tips to Survive Summer Heat (PDF). Vea Consejos para sobrevivir el calor (PDF).

High temperatures can cause serious health problems. See Contra Costa Health Services information on Heat and Your Health

If you plan to visit the beach, exercise caution as there may be riptides.

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