Mayor Garcetti urges Angelenos to use city cooling centers during record heat

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today reminded Angelenos that the City has a network of cooling centers for people who lack access to air conditioning and need a place to escape dangerous, higher-than-normal temperatures.  

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning starting at 10 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Saturday — in anticipation of record temperatures of over 100 degrees in Downtown L.A. and up to 113 degrees in Woodland Hills.  

“Extreme heat can be dangerous — especially for young people and seniors,” said Mayor Garcetti. “When temperatures rise this high, our libraries, recreation centers, and senior centers give Angelenos who need to escape the heat a friendly, welcoming, safe place to stay cool and healthy.”

The City’s recreation centers, senior centers, and libraries will be open during regular operating hours, and the 32 locations with Summer Night Lights programming will be open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A list of cooling centers and hours, along with tips for staying cool, is available at emergency.lacity.org/heat, in Spanish at emergency.lacity.org/calor, or by calling 311. Tips for saving energy to help avoid electricity shortages are available at saveenergyla.org.

LADWP is installing temporary water fountains for public use at these locations:
 

Tujunga Wash area
North side of Foothill Bl. across from 9500 Foothill
Los Angeles, CA 91040

San Julian Park
Southwest corner of E. 5th St. and San Julian St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Gladys Park
Southwest corner of Gladys Ave. and E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

La Plaza De Culturas y Artes
Southeast corner of Spring St. and New High St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

La Plaza De Culturas y Artes
Northeast corner of Spring St. and Arcadia St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Exposition Park area
Southwest corner of W. 39th St. and S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Mayor Garcetti also reminded Angelenos that fireworks, which are illegal in the City of Los Angeles, create an additional fire hazard during high fire danger conditions.  The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the San Fernando Valley starting 3 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.