With temperatures expected to hit 109 within the hour, the City of Sacramento and County of Sacramento are asking everyone to just chill, at least, periodically in air-conditioned spots. To help ensure against widespread power outages, keep your air conditioning at 78 or above. The California ISO has issued a flex alert through today– asking that utility customers voluntarily conserve electricity usage during peak times.

  • Postpone using major appliances between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Set air conditioning at 78 to 80 degrees.
  • Cool with fans and draw drapes
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

The City and County of Sacramento have two cooling centers for those who do not have air conditioning: one in Midtown and one in North Sac. Both remain open through tomorrow evening.

  • Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd. Open today and Friday, June 23, from 1-8 p.m. Pets are welcome.
  • The Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. is open today and Friday, June 23, from 1-8 p.m. Pets are welcome.

These are among other area cooling centers listed at 211 – a health and human service referral hotline.

The Parks and Rec department is utilizing volunteers to assist with staffing the facility.  The Regional Center for Volunteerism / HandsOn Superior California is coordinating volunteers for this heat wave. They are encouraging people to volunteer to be on a resource list for whenever cooling center staffing is needed this summer. Please visit HandsOn Superior California for more information.

What else to keep in mind?

  • Check on your elderly neighbors
  • Never leave children or pets in cars
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid very cold drinks
  • Take cool showers to lower your body temperature
  • There’s a high fire danger. Take precautions.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun – stay indoors where it is air-conditioned or go a public place that is air conditioned
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing

Make sure to visit our Summer Heat page for things you can do to stay cool during the heat waves.