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Cooling Stations Remain Open as Heat Continues

Cooling stations that were scheduled to close Saturday evening will reopen Sunday as a heat wave continues through Los Angeles Counties.

A predicted cooling trend failed to arrive in Los Angeles and Orange counties today, as some public safety agencies planned to maintain cooling stations one extra day.

The temperature at Woodland Hills -- the hottest corner of the San Fernando Valley -- was 106 at midafternoon, beyond the promised 104 and equal to Friday's record high.

Recreation buildings and senior citizens rooms will be used as cooling centers again Sunday, as Los Angeles officials also planned to keep 46 municipal pools open for three extra weeks because of the hot summer weather lingering over the city.

Six special city cooling centers were to close tonight, but will be reopened Sunday, as a heat wave lingers over Los Angeles, a city official said today.

Senior centers and recreation centers in North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sunland, Sylmar, Sherman Oaks and Canoga Park will stay open until 9 p.m. tonight, and will be opened for those special hours Sunday, said City of Los Angeles parks spokeswoman Andrea Epstein.

In addition, all 46 municipal pools in Los Angeles will not close for the year this weekend as scheduled, but will remain open seven days per week thought Labor Day. City parks spokeswoman Andrea Epstein said the pools will be open 1-5 p.m. weekends and 3-7 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 3.

A list of cooling facilities in unincorporated county areas is available here. Within the city, information regarding specific locations and hours can be found by calling 3-1- 1, by calling (213) 202-2700, or by going to www.laparks.org.

In Burbank, two cooling centers have been established:

  • the Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., which will be open until 8 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
  • the Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., which will be open until 6 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison each urged customers this week to conserve energy to prevent strain on the power grid.

Both Edison and DWP offered a series of tips to help customers cut back on power usage, including:

  • setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees
  • limiting the use of appliances during peak hours, and using washing machines, dishwashers and other heavy appliances only in the evening
  • close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool
  • ventilate homes at night and in the early morning to allow cool air to circulate;
  • limit the opening of refrigerators
  • turn off lights in unoccupied areas
  • rely on ceiling or smaller fans to cool rooms instead of air conditioners

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