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Excessive heat watch issued for Central Valley

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the Central Valley from Saturday at 1 p.m. to Tuesday at 11 p.m. for the Central Valley and surrounding areas.

Temperatures will be over 100 degrees, and could reach close to 112 degrees.

Fresno will activate the cooling centers for the heat watch:

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

Anyone headed to a cooling center can use the FAX system for free, by telling the driver they are going to the cooling center.

Fresno's four pools will be open for free swim from 1 to 5 p.m. Splash pads will be open 9a-8:00 p.m. every day except Tuesdays when they are open from 12-8pm. A list of their locations is available on the City's website.

All seven high school pools in the Fresno Unified School District will be open. Entry is free on weekends and $1 entry for children, and $2 for adults during the week.

Additional cooling centers are also available throughout the Valley. PG&E has an interactive map on its website. Tulare County has a list on its website.

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Here are some tips to stay safe during a heat watch:

• Stay hydrated

• Avoid alcohol

• Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing

• Avoid outside work if possible (if you must, do it in the morning)

• Keep pets hydrated & in the shade, if not inside

• Know the signs of heat exhaustion:

o Excessive thirst

o Weakness

o Headache

o Loss of consciousness

o Nausea & vomiting

o Muscle cramps

o Dizziness

o Rapid heart beat

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