Hot weather prompts opening of cooling center in Richmond

Hot weather prompts cooling center to open in Richmond
The Contra Costa County Office of Employment is offering a cooling center at 1305 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond (Photo credit: Google Maps)

A cooling center has opened in Richmond in response to the hot weather.

The Contra Costa County Office of Employment and Human Services plans to make district offices around the county available as “places to cool” today and Friday and also Monday and Tuesday next week, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. One of the cooling centers is located in Richmond at 1305 Macdonald Ave.

“Community members should NOT go to any of these places to cool off if they have been exposed to or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been ordered to quarantine,” County officials said. “All visitors to EHSD offices will be asked screening questions before they can enter the buildings.”

An excessive heat warning is in effect in the Bay Area. Temperatures in Richmond are set to go from a high of 77 degrees Thursday to exceeding 90 degrees Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will remain in the 80s through next week, according to the forecast.

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