Local Cooling Centers Offer Relief From the Heat

Temperatures are expected to hover 10-20 degrees above average Friday.

With temperatures set to soar across Los Angeles County Friday and through the weekend, cooling centers have been set up across the county.

While Westwood and Century City will enjoy relatively cooler temperatures compared to some of its inland neighbors, health officials are still taking precautions and have set up a cooling center in the area. 

The cooling centers closest to Westwood and Century City have been set up at the Westwood Branch Library (1246 Glendon Avenue) and the West Los Angeles Regional Library (11360 Santa Monica Boulevard) with the following hours:
  • Mon-Fri | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun | 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Those seeking to use the center are urged to call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. Residents can call “211” if there is no space at the center or visit the local library. More information can be found on the county's website.  

L.A. County has also put out the following guide to help protect you from the heat:

  • Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
  • Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air-conditioning take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Don’t forget about your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
  • Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

For questions or concerns regarding the Cooling Center Program, contact the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management at (323) 459-3779.


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