After an eight-day heat spell was broken by Monday's below-100 temperature, a new round of hot fired up Tuesday, when Fresno's high reached 107 degrees.
That mark was well below the all-time record for the date of 115 degrees, set in 1905. Still, the triple-digit heat Tuesday kept Fresno's four cooling centers open and busy, officials said.
"The community responds very positively to this kind of service," said Mark Standriff, director of communications and public affairs for the city of Fresno. "People look forward to the days that the cooling centers are open."
Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., cooling centers are free to the public. All four community pools are sanitized and free to the public as well from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
"There's a certain excitement when people find that sense of relief in the cooling centers," Standriff said. "There's always a really good turnout at these centers."
The majority of attendants at cooling centers are families, he said.
The city has also teamed up with FAX transportation, providing free transport to and from cooling centers.
The centers will likely be put to good use for the rest of the week. Today's high is forecast to be 101, and Thursday should reach 100. There is a threat of afternoon thunderstorms in the Sierra both days.
Friday will see the thermometer drop to 97, and Saturday will be 99. But by Sunday, it heats up again, with 100 forecast for Fresno.
For more information on Fresno's cooling centers, call 559-233-0115. Centers can be found at the following locations:
• 760 Mayor St. at Frank H. Ball Community Center.
• 770 E. San Pablo St. at Ted C. Wills Community Center
• 4670 E. Butler at Mosqueda Community Center
• 7170 N. San Pablo St. a Pinedale Community Center.
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