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Cooling centers to open throughout Merced County

Cooling centers throughout Merced County are being made available for residents to avoid the extreme heat. Temperatures in the Central Valley reached 100 degrees on Wednesday and are expected to remain high for the remainder of the week. Cooling centers will be available in the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Livingston, Gustine, Los Banos and Merced. Other centers may be opened on an as-needed basis.

Center hours will be extended as needed and announced through the local media.

For updated information on cooling centers, call (209) 385-7379.

Merced County's Bus/Dial-a-Ride program is offering free rides to cooling centers. Buses will pick up individuals who need transportation to the cooling centers until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Friday. Transportation will be provided to the closest available cooling center only.

For more information on Bus/Dial-a-Ride, please call (209) 384-3111.

Atwater Community Center

(209) 357-6300

760 Bellevue Road, Atwater

Al Gorman Center

(209) 854-6471

741 Linden Avenue, Gustine

Hilmar Library

(209) 632-0746

20041 Falke, Hilmar

Los Banos Community Center

(209) 827-7034

645 7th Street, Los Banos

Sam Pipes Room, Civic Center

(209) 385-6855

678 W. 18th Street, Merced

Winton Community Hall

(209) 358-2842

7091 Walnut Avenue, Winton