Santa Clara extends cooling center hours due to heat wave

The unprecedented heat wave in the Northwest moved inland Tuesday, June 29, 2021, prompting a electrical utility in Spokane, Washington, to resume rolling blackouts amid heavy power demand.

The city of Santa Clara is extending hours for cooling centers on Tuesday because of a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in interior regions of the Bay Area.

The Northside Branch Library cooling center will have extended hours from 1 to 8 p.m., and the Santa Clara Senior Center cooling center will operate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other cooling centers will have regular hours on Tuesday, including the Central Park Library from 3 to 7 p.m., Mission Branch Library from 3 to 7 p.m., and Community Recreation Center from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The City of Santa Clara encourages anyone who knows someone in need of an air-conditioned space to help drive them to the nearest cooling center.   Temperatures are expected to range from 93 to 105 degrees on Tuesday in the several communities around the region, including Santa Rosa, Napa, San Rafael, Novato, Oakland, Fremont, Concord, Antioch, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, San Jose and Salinas, according to the National Weather Service.

The extreme heat will increase potential for heat-related illnesses, and the National Weather Service advises residents to drink fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and to check up on relatives and neighbors.