Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. It is considered a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death.

Follow these tips to stay cool:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air conditioned place (shopping mall, library, etc.).
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning. 
  • Never leave infants, children, elderly, or pets in a car. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in. 
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade. 
  • Symptoms of heat-related illness may include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Common heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body has difficulty cooling itself; dehydration is a main factor of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke take place when the body's temperature cannot be regulated. The body's temperature rises fast and is unable to cool itself. Heat cramps are muscle pains and spasms due to heavy activity, it usually involves the stomach muscles or the legs. Heat cramps are the least severe, although, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Know the signs of heat-related illness and the ways to respond to it:

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People at Increased Risk for Heat-Related Illness:
  • Young children
  • Adults 65 and older
  • People with chronic disease or disability
  • Pregnant women
  • People who work outside
  • People without access to air conditioning

Cooling Centers

For the health, safety, and comfort of Fresno County residents, these designated locations may open as Cooling Centers by local governments when temperatures are forecasted by the National Weather Service (NWS) to exceed certain highs. Please note that hours and locations are subject to change, and not all locations are guaranteed to be open. For more information about cooling centers in your area, please contact your local city government directly or call the locations below.

City of Fresno

Cooling Centers:

At 12:00 p.m., the City of Fresno will activate the following four Cooling Centers and will remain open until 7:00 p.m., in accordance with State guidelines.

  • Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor
  • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler 
  • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo

Community Centers:

 *Will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

  • Dickey Youth Development Center, 1515 E. Divisadero Street
    (At the corner of Divisadero and Glenn in downtown Fresno)
  • Einstein Neighborhood Center, 3566 E. Dakota Avenue
    (At Millbrook and Dakota in Central Fresno)
  • El Dorado Neighborhood Center, 1343 E. Barstow Avenue
    (Adjacent to Wesley United Methodist Church in Northeast Fresno at Fourth and Barstow)
  • Fink-White Neighborhood Center, 535 S. Trinity Street
    (Near Amador and Whitesbridge in Southwest Fresno)
  • Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Avenue
    (Near Inyo and A Street in Southwest Fresno)
  • Highway City Neighborhood Center, 5140 N. State Street
    (North of Shaw and East of Highway 99 in the Highway City Community)
  • Holmes Neighborhood Center, 212 S. First Street
    (West of First and South of Tulare near the historic Huntington Blvd.)
  • Inspiration Park, 5770 W Gettysburg Avenue
    (South of Shaw and West of Highway 99 near Teague Elementary)
  • Lafayette Neighborhood Center, 1516 E. Princeton Avenue
    (West of Blackstone and South of Shields at Princeton and Glenn)
  • Mary Ella Brown Community Center, 1350 E. Annadale Avenue
    (South of Jensen and West of Elm in Southwest Fresno)
  • Maxie L. Parks Community Center, 1802 E California Avenue
    (At the corner of Elm and California in Southwest Fresno)
  • Melody Neighborhood Center, 5935 E. Shields Avenue
    (At the corner of Fowler and Shields in East Central Fresno)
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Avenue
    (Southeast corner of Maple & Butler in Southeast Fresno)
  • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Avenue
    (Next to Pinedale Elementary, North of Herndon and West of Blackstone)
  • Quigley Neighborhood Center, 808 W. Dakota Avenue
    (South of Ashlan at Northwest corner of Fruit and Dakota)
  • Romain Neighborhood Center, 745 N. First Street
    (Between Belmont and Olive in Southeast Fresno)
  • Sunset Neighborhood Center, 1345 W. Eden Avenue
    (Next to Sunset Elementary, West of West Ave. and South of Kearney in West Fresno)
  • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Avenue
    (Between Olive and Belmont in the Tower District in Central Fresno)

Splash Pads:

  • Dickey Playground, 50 N Calaveras Street
  • Martin Ray Reilly Park, 750 N. Chestnut Ave
  • Melody Park, 5935 E. Shields
  • Figarden Loop Park, 4265 W. Figarden
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E Butler
  • Inspiration Park, 5770 W. Gettysburg
  • Vinland Park, 4695 E. Gettysburg
  • Todd Beamer Park, 1890 E. Plymouth Way


  • Mosqueda, Frank H. Ball, and Pinedale rec pools open Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm 

Fresno FAX Bus System:

The City’s FAX Bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from Cooling Centers. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center.

For information or assistance with the City Heat Relief Plan call (559) 621-CITY (2489).

City of Clovis

Lobby of the Police and Fire Headquarters Building

  • Address: 1233 5th St. (Open 24 hours, 7 days a week)

Sierra Vista Mall

  • Address: 1050 Shaw Ave.

Clovis Transit is free, visit the City of Clovis Transit Webpage or call (559) 324-2770

City of Coalinga

Coalinga-Huron Recreation District (Fitness Center)
Address: 191 E. Forest Ave
Phone Number: (559) 935-0896
Sat-Sun: Noon-8pm
M-F: Closed

Coalinga-Huron District Library
Address: 305 N. 4th St
Phone Number: (559) 935-1676
M-Th: 9am-7pm
F-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: Closed

City of Firebaugh

1575 11th Street
Firebaugh, CA 93622
Open from 2:00pm to 8:00pm

For more information, please call:
(559) 659-2043  

City of Fowler

Senior Center

108 N. 3rd Street
Fowler, CA 93625

City of Huron

Huron Senior Center
16900 5th Street
Huron, CA 93234
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

City of Kerman

City of Kerman: For more information, please call (559) 846-8804 

Scout Hut in Kerckoff Park (off 4th Street)
Monday – Friday, Noon – 9:00 pm
Call (559) 846-9383 to have facility opened
Kerman Senior Center
720 Eighth Street
Kerman, CA 93630
Monday – Friday, Noon – 4:00 pm

Kerman Library
15081 W. Kearny Blvd, Kerman, CA
Kerman, CA 93630
Monday – Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Phone Number: (559) 846-8804

City of Kingsburg

Kingsburg Senior Center
1450 Ellis St. 
Kingsburg, CA 93631
Phone Number: (559) 897-3013

Kingsburg City Hall
1401 Draper St. 
Kingsburg, CA 93631
Phone Number: (559) 897-5821

Kingsburg Fire Department (open after hours and weekends as needed)
1880 S Bethel Ave. 
Kingsburg, CA 93631
Phone Number: (559) 897-2931 (Police Department)

Crandell Swim Complex (free swimming when temperatures are over 105 degrees)
1900 18th Ave. 
Kingsburg, CA 93631
Phone Number: (559) 897-0305

City of Mendota

City Hall
643 Quince St. 
Mendota, CA 93640
Phone Number: (559) 655-3291
Monday thru Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM (excluding holidays)

City of Orange Cove

Senior Center
699 6th Street
Orange Cove, CA. 93646

City of Parlier

Senior Center
690 S Newmark Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648
(Anytime it is over 100 degrees)

Civic/Community Center
1100 E Parlier Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648
(Anytime it is over 100 degrees)

City of Reedley

Reedley: For more information, please call (559) 637-4203
City of Reedley Community Center
100 N. East Ave.
Reedley, CA
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

City of Sanger

City Annex Building
1789 Jensen Ave.
Sanger, CA 93657
12:00pm – 6:00pm

City of Selma

Police Department Community Room
2055 Third Street
Selma, CA 93662
2:00pm – 7:00pm


All Fresno County Libraries are not cooling centers; however, these facilities have water fountains, and all provide cooling during the summer months.

Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Woodward Park, Clovis, and Sunnyside are currently open until 9 pm Monday to Thursday. Most other branches are open until 6 pm (Mon-Thurs) and 5 pm on Fridays and weekends. Official hours are listed here https://www.fresnolibrary.org/branch/all.html

The Public Health Communication team manages this webpage. If you are a City Manager, Mayor, or local government representative and would like to add a new cooling center to this site or edit details to this page, please email DPH@fresnocountyca.gov.


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