Temperatures are, again, climbing across Southern California, and with high temperatures forecast this week 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 through this coming Sunday. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cooling center hours will be extended for additional days if high temperatures persist.
High heat 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.
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 accessible 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 are available online. Route maps are also available on Cityline shuttles and at West Hollywood City Hall, l8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer.
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. Think twice before ever leaving a child or a pet in a parked vehicle, even for just a moment.
For additional tips on coping with hot weather, please visit the City’s cooling center website page.