Residents soak up the sunshine and warm weather at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif., March 9, 2017 (James Chan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF opens cooling centers to help residents beat the heat

High temperatures expected this week in San Francisco have prompted city officials to announce places residents can go to stay cool, department of emergency management officials said.

Temperatures in The City may reach the low to mid 90s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, creating the possibility that residents could get heat illnesses.

The chance of illness is greatest among older adults, children and people who are sick. Pets are also susceptible too.

Emergency management officials suggest that residents check on neighbors, family members and friends.

Three people died of what were thought to be heat-related illnesses in the most recent heat wave in San Francisco over the Labor Day weekend.

The following six libraries in San Francisco have air conditioning and will be open all three days:

— The main library at 100 Larkin St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
— The Chinatown branch at 1135 Powell St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— The Mission Bay library at 960 Fourth St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
— The North Beach library at 850 Columbus Ave. will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.
— The Potrero branch at 1616 20th St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
— The Glen Park branch at 2825 Diamond St. will be open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additionally, three buildings operated by non-profits will also serve as cooling centers, which include:

— The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco at 3200 California St. will be open from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday.
— The George W. Davis Senior Center at 1751 Carroll Ave. will be open Tuesday though Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— The Salvation Army Chinatown Corps Community Center at 1450 Powell St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

“We’re still working to identify more,” Department of Emergency Management spokesperson Francis Zamora said.

In addition to the cooling centers, six pools will be open to the public for free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The pools are Martin Luther King Jr. Pool at Third Street and Armstrong Avenue; the North Beach pool at 651 Lombard St.; Coffman Pool at 1701 Visitation Ave.; Hamilton Pool at Geary Boulevard and Steiner St.; Mission Community Pool at 101 Linda St. and Garfield Pool at 26th and Harrison streets.

Other places where residents and visitors can stay cool include movie theaters, churches and shopping malls.

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