MERCED - The City of Merced is opening a cooling center where seniors, the elderly and the infirmed can find refuge from the searing heat wave sweeping the state.
The center will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
The Valley is forecast to experience triple digit temperatures over the next three days. Health officials stress that drinking plenty of fluids and staying in air-conditioned buildings help prevent heat-related illnesses.
The City Parks and Community Service staff will staff the cooling center. The schedule for the cooling center is:
WEDNESDAY: Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St.
THURSDAY: Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St.
FRIDAY: Sam Pipes Room, the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.
For information on the cooling center call 385-6855.