With temperatures climbing across Southern California, and with high temperatures forecast throughout metropolitan Los Angeles, the City of West Hollywood is providing a cooling center at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Fuller.
The cooling center will be open beginning tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cooling center hours will be extended through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional days may be added if high temperatures persist.
High heat, coupled with humidity, can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The city reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible throughout the warm summer months. If possible, stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of water and wear lightweight clothing. Also, pets and children are particularly vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Every year, children and pets suffer and die when left unattended in a parked vehicle. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes — even with windows cracked open.
The cooling center is available for quiet activities. People using the cooling center are encouraged to bring books or board games. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the Senior Lounge.
The City of West Hollywood provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline is an alternative to the larger bus system and all shuttles are ADA-accessible. Cityline operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. For additional information and a detailed route map, visit www.weho.org/cityline. Route maps are also available on Cityline shuttles and at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.