Cool zones offer relief from scorching heat this weekend

With the mercury rising to triple digits in Claremont this weekend, it’s important for residents to take precautions to stay cool and hydrated.

The City of Trees will offer several cooling centers, aka “Cool Zones,” throughout the city where both the young and the young-at-heart can get a bit of respite from the searing heat.

Both the Alexander Hughes Community Center and the Blaisdell Senior Center will offer extended hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m. to help residents combat the heat wave hitting the southland. The Hughes Community Center is located at 1700 Danbury Rd. and the Blaisdell Senior Center is at 440 S. College Ave.

The Joslyn Senior Center, located at 660 N. Mountain Ave., will also be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Claremont Library, located at 208 N. Harvard Ave., will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. and again on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 399-5488.

For those who do plan to be outdoors, it’s a good idea to avoid the sun from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.

If you are doing any type of physical activity during the day—especially at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park—make sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty. Always hydrate before, during and after your activity or you may be at risk for dehydration. 

Early signs of dehydration may include increased thirst, nausea, dry mouth, headache, and reduced fluid output. Some moderate dehydration symptoms may include extreme thirst, dry appearance inside the mouth and lightheadedness.

Also, don’t forget to take care of your pets that may be doing the physical activity with you or may be outside all day. Their bodies need water and shade just as much as you during these hot summer days. 

—Angela Bailey


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