As temperatures continue to rise past the century mark, Danville is offering two cooling centers to those who wish to escape the heat.
The Senior Center side of the Veteran's Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The lounge of the Danville Community Center, 420 Front St., is also serving as a cooling center until 6:30 p.m. each night.
Turnout at the centers has been low, according to Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the Town Manager, but the town still intends to keep the centers open through Wednesday, July 3, due to reports that temperatures will stay consistently high.
Residents can also take advantage of other air-conditioned public facilities, such as the Danville Public Library located next to the community center, said Rojanasathira. The library is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday on a normal week; however, it will be closed this Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July. While taking refuge from the heat, library-goers can access DVDs, books on CD, computers with wifi and educational games in addition to books.
"Especially with this heat, I think a lot of people are coming into the library for a cool place to read or use the computers," said Library Manager Seng Lovan, noting that library turnout had been high over the weekend.
Lovan also mentioned the library's Summer Reading Program, which children, teens and adults can all participate in for prizes as well as to enjoy movies, storytelling and games. Children and teens will receive prizes for reaching their reading goals, whereas adults can write a review of a work after reading it, which has to the potential to earn them prizes such as tickets to the California Academy of Sciences.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in the San Francisco area, which will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Residents are cautioned to remain indoors if possible and drink plenty of liquids.