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10 Cooling Centers Where You Can Wait Out This Heat Wave

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The first heat wave of the year is here, with the warmest days expected Friday and Saturday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson says two things are causing this hot weather:

"First of all, we have high pressures that are just off the California coast, bringing us clear skies. And at the same time we have some northerly offshore winds that are helping warm things up, so that combination of those two things is making for the warm temperatures."

A heat advisory for the Inland Empire and Los Angeles and Orange counties runs through 6 p.m. Saturday.

The county has released a list of cooling centers where you can go to escape the heat while at the same time remaining physically distanced during this coronavirus pandemic. Because distancing rules require at least 6 feet between each person, these spaces will likely fill up faster than usual, and the county advises that you call first to make sure there's still seating available.

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The following locations are open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25:

Jocelyn Center
210 N. Chapel Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505

Los Angeles
Colonel Leon Washington Park
8908 South Maie Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Los Angeles
Lincoln Heights Senior Center
2323 Workman St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Robert M Wilkinson Multipurpose Center
8956 Vanalden Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Panorama City
Mid-Valley Senior Center
8825 Kester Ave.
Panorama City, CA 91402

Robinson Park Community Center
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 9110

Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St.
Sylmar, CA 91342

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Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

When in doubt, you can also call 211 for information from L.A. County and 311 in the city of L.A.

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