The City of Chula Vista is offering several spaces for residents to cool down as San Diego County is placed under an Excessive Heat warning with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees expected. 

Extreme heat increases the risk of heat-related illnesses and can affect those working or participating in outdoor activities. San Diego County health officials urge residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning from Tuesday through Labor Day. 

According to health officials, heatstrokes or heat exhaustion can cause extremely high body temperature at 103 degrees or higher, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If someone shows these signs, call 9-1-1 and begin cooling the person immediately.

Cool Zones are free, air-conditioned locations, available throughout the region, where people can go to escape extreme temperatures. They are available free of charge to anyone seeking to escape the heat.

San Diego County launched the 2022 Cool Zone Program in June. According to county health officials, excessive heat can be particularly dangerous for seniors and children.  

Chula Vista residents can cool down in the following Cool Zones:

– Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street, Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and this year the Center will open on Labor Day, Sept. 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  

– Little ones can cool off at the splash pads at Stylus Park, 2025 Stylus Street, and Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Drive, which are open every day of the week.

– The Chula Vista Public Library will be open on the following day and times: 

  • Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Tuesday–Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; Closed Labor Day Monday. 
  • South Branch, 389 Orange Avenue, will be open Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.; closed Labor Day Monday.
  • Otay Ranch Branch, 2015 Birch Road is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 12 -6 p.m.; closed Labor Day Monday.

San Diegans who are unable to get to a Cool Zone on their own can call 2-1-1 to request transportation to a location free of charge.

A list of Cool Zones locations is available online. 

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