With a predicted high of about 94 degrees in Menlo Park today (Sept. 13), the National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory throughout large swaths of the Bay Area, with the worst heat expected between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
In Menlo Park, people who are seeking somewhere cool to beat the heat are welcome at four air-conditioned city facilities that have been designated as cooling centers. Water will also be available at all of the below locations.
● Belle Haven Library at 413 Ivy Drive, open from noon to 6 p.m.
● Onetta Harris Community Center at 100 Terminal Ave., open from noon to 8 p.m.
● Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St., open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
● Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St., open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Heat-related illness can be deadly, and the people most susceptible are those who are elderly, very young, lack air conditioning or work or do strenuous activities outdoors.
People are advised to stay hydrated, and to hydrate with electrolyte-rich sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade if sweating heavily. Wearing loose-fitting and lightweight clothing is encouraged.
People should be extra vigilant about making sure no children or pets are left unattended in vehicles, since cars can heat up to dangerous levels very quickly.
People who feel they are experiencing heat-related symptoms should seek medical attention or call 911.