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Heat lingers as fall approaches

Turlock cool zones

Turlock Library
550 Minaret Avenue
Turlock, CA 95380
 (209) 664-8100   

     Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
     Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Friday: Closed
     Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Sunday: Closed

Broadway Spray Park                                                                                     Hours:

501 N. Broadway                                                                              Weekdays: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.                                        

(209) 668-5594                                                                                   Weekends: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Columbia Spray Park                                                                                     Hours

595 High Street                                                                                Weekdays: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Weekends:  1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(209) 668-5594  


Turlock HAM Center - Homeless Assistance Ministry       Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

408 South First Street, Turlock

(209) 656-1033


Labor Day may signify the end of summer, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

Turlock and other Central Valley cities will be watching the thermostat creep up into the triple digits this week as a heat wave ushers in September.

The temperature is expected to hit 106 degrees Wednesday and continue climbing Thursday and Friday to a possible 108 degrees. Saturday is expected to bring a modicum of relief, in that it won’t be in the 100s.

In light of the scorching days ahead, the Stanislaus Office of Emergency Services and the City of Turlock are opening cool zones for residents to escape to doing the hottest parts of the day.

“While we are looking forward to cooling temperatures for the fall, this heat wave is a reminder that if you plan to be outdoors, please be sure to protect yourself from the sun and heat,” recommended Mayor Gary Soiseth. “It's our City's priority to make sure all our residents know that there are places throughout Turlock to find relief from the heat.”

Cool zones are facilities that are air-conditioned and open to the public or city owned water spray parks. The two spray parks hours have been modified as children have returned to school but are open after school hours and on weekends.

Cool zones will be set up at the Turlock Library, the Turlock Homeless Assistance Ministry, and the spray parks at Broadway and Columbia parks.

The National Weather Service stated a strong high pressure system moving into the area is the cause of the soaring temperatures, with most areas likely to see temperatures 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

The nights will bring little to no relief from the heat, according to the National Weather Service. The lack of any Delta breeze will keep the night time lows at around 70 degrees.

When temperatures soar the stress heat can cause on the body increases. According to the National Weather Service heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

Heat-related illnesses occur when the body heats too quickly to cool itself safely, or looses too much fluid or salt through dehydration or sweating. The severity of heat disorders tends to increase with age. Conditions that cause heat cramps in a 17-year-old may result in heat exhaustion in someone 40 years old and heat stroke in a person over 60 years old, according to health studies.

Heat disorders can include sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.