Cooling centers available amid hot weather

Cooling centers available amid high temperatures
The Contra Costa County Office of Employment is offering a cooling center at 1305 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond (Photo credit: Google Maps)

Cooling centers will be available across West Contra Costa County to support residents impacted by high temperatures this week.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory and extreme heat warning for areas of the County from Tuesday through Saturday, with the hottest days being Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures above 100 degrees are expected across much of the County.

In Richmond, cooling centers will be available at the County EHSD Building at 1305 Macdonald Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Nevin Park Resilience Hub at 589 Nevin Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules and Rodeo libraries will also all serve as cooling centers during this time.

People experiencing homelessness can be connected with services by calling 211 anywhere in Contra Costa County.

City and county officials are urging residents to stay hydrated, avoid heavy outdoor activity and direct sunlight, to check on those most vulnerable to heat, including children and the elderly and to never leave children and pets along in vehicles.

“Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially when it goes on for several days in a row,” said Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Contra Costa County Health Officer. “People should take precautions and factor heat safety into their plans this week, especially with July 4th celebrations coming up.”

Visit the County’s Heat Health page for more information.