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Staying cool in Alhambra

Alhambra is heating up! The weekend forecast is mostly sunny with temperatures in the 90s, hitting a high of 98 degrees on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel. With the rising temperatures, locals are planning on diving in Alhambra's swimming pools, drinking plenty of water, and heading to the beach to stay cool. 

Resident Emilio O. is making sure to drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration. "I drink a lot of water. Water's better than soft drinks, keeps you hydrated," he said, adding that he will also go to the gym to use the pool.

He is not the only one who will be swimming to beat the heat. Monterey Park resident Brenda Varela and her two children, ages 6 and 8, come to Alhambra Park to enjoy the city's pool. "I like the environment better for my children over here," Varela said. "They love it here, they have swimming classes from 11 a.m. and stay at the park until 7 p.m."

Ishmael Cruz (left) fanning himself and Blanca Rodriguez holding a bottle of water.

While Varela comes to Alhambra for refuge from the heat, Blanca Rodriguez, who works in Alhambra, heads to the beach to keep cool. "Go to the beach, that's the best. There's a nice breeze," Rodriguez said.

If you are looking for a public facility with air conditioning, try a nearby Los Angeles County cooling center. These centers are free and provide anyone a place to stay comfortable and hydrated in the heat. 

The Joslyn Center in Alhambra is a county-designated cooling center and offers air conditioning and a water fountain for people taking a break from the heat. San Gabriel's designated cooling center, the Asian Youth Center, also offers anyone an air-conditioned place to sit.

There are six cooling centers in the West San Gabriel Valley:

  • Alhambra: Joslyn Adult Recreation Center, 210 N. Chapel Ave.
  • Pasadena: Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.
  • San Gabriel: Asian Youth Center, 100 W. Clary Ave.
  • South Pasadena: South Pasadena Senior Center, 1102 Oxley St.
  • South Pasadena: South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St.
  • Monterey Park: Langley Senior Citizen Center, 400 W. Emerson Ave.

To stay healthy and safe in high temperatures, make sure to drink plenty of water and use sun screen. Here are more tips from the Los Angeles County's Emergency Survival Program:

  • Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
  • Avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.
  • Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air-conditioning, take cool showers twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Don’t forget about your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
  • Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. '

Stay healthy, safe, and cool!

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