Beat the Bay Area Heat With These Tips and Cooling Centers

Two young girls run from the water as the tide quickly approaches during a San Francisco heat wave in June 2017. (Arash Malekzadeh/KQED)

The National Weather Service is expecting the current Bay Area heat wave to peak on Friday.

The agency issued a heat advisory on Friday for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the Bay Area. Residents can expect temperatures from the 80s to the low 90s at the coast and about 10 degrees hotter inland.

If you're planning on hitting the beach or otherwise enjoying the sun, go soon. Things are supposed to start cooling down on Sunday and Monday.

Bay Area residents are handling the extreme heat in a number of ways.

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KQED asked Reddit for pro tips on dealing with the scorching temperatures in the region.

One Reddit user suggested buying a "bare-bones window AC unit" for extreme heat days, which may be of relief for those under a budget. Another user said taking a "mid-day cold bath/shower" works wonders.

The National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area also shared heat advisories and heat safety advice on Twitter.

It encourages people to drink plenty of water, limit strenuous activity outdoors, seek out air conditioning and beware of rip currents at the coast.

Keep your furry friends safe by providing plenty of shade and water, limiting exercise, watching their paws on hot pavement and never leaving them in a parked car.

As high temperatures continue, air quality regulators warned that the weather could cause air pollution problems.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued smog advisory warnings for Friday and Saturday.

Ralph Borrmann, a spokesperson for the agency, said that the unusually high temperatures will exacerbate air pollution.

"We have tailpipe emissions in the air cooking and turning into smog," he said.

He expects that the region will experience hazy skies and poor air quality Friday and into Saturday.The BAAQMD index for current and recent air quality readings is here.

Also, the agency says that smoke from the Walker Fire in Plumas County and other wildfires burning in Northern California could drift into the Bay Area.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has an air quality index for many California cities, and the private company PurpleAir maintains an interactive, crowdsourced air quality map.

Officials across the Bay Area are urging people to check on neighbors, and are publishing lists of libraries and other shelters for those looking to cool down:

San Francisco

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is waiving admission fees to seven pools throughout the city today.

Midday lap swims and lessons will continue as scheduled and at least one lane will be designated to accommodate those who are at the pool for heat relief.

The information on the schedules of the seven pools included is:

Balboa Pool
51 Havelock St.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: free recreation swim
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: small pool available for free heat relief

Coffman Pool
1700 Visitacion Ave.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: free recreation swim
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: free family swim

Hamilton Pool
1900 Geary Blvd.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: small pool available for free heat relief
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. free recreation swim

MLK Pool
5701 3rd St.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: free recreation swim
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief

Mission Pool
101 Linda St.
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: free recreation swim

North Beach Pool
651 Lombard St
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: free recreation swim
5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m.: free recreation swim

Sava Pool
2695 19th Ave.
9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.: one lane available for free heat relief
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: free recreation swim
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: free recreation swim

San Jose

Temperatures in the upper 90s are expected for the San Jose area on Friday. Five local community centers will extend their hours of operation until 9 p.m. to provide indoor buildings to beat the heat.

The centers listed by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services are the following:

Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave.

Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara St.

Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave.

Cypress
Community Center
403 Cypress Ave.

Seven Trees Community Center
3590 Cas Drive

City of Santa Clara

Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Rd.

City Hall Cafeteria
1500 Warburton Ave.

Community Recreation Center
969 Kiely Blvd.

Senior Center
1303 Fremont St.

Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way

Mission Branch Library
1098 Lexington St.

East Bay

Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless maintains a list of cooling centers in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Albany, Emeryville, and elsewhere in the East Bay, which you can find here.

San Leandro

(Open until 7 p.m. Friday)
Marina Community Center
15301 Wicks Blvd.

Main Library
300 Estudillo Ave.

 

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