The City of Merced is opening its Cooling Center today because of the expected high temperatures in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Cooling Center will be open from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
The Center will be staffed by the Parks and Community Services Department.
The Center also will be open Thursday and Friday as temperatures are forecast to reach 105 degrees.
During the hot weather everyone should drink plenty of fluids, avoid caffeine and alcohol, dress in cool clothes, wear a hat and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
The city is asking Merced residents to check up on neighbors who may be susceptible to excessive heat such as the elderly, sick or those with young children.