Office of Emergency Services
Cooling Centers Remain Open Throughout San Joaquin County as Excessive Heat Returns
July 10, 2024

Stockton, CA – Cooling centers remain open throughout San Joaquin County to protect the public from warmer temperatures over the next two days. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning that will be in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10 to 8 a.m. Friday, July 12 for the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

The NWS forecasted daytime temperatures to be over 100 degrees in certain areas. Overnight temperatures are forecasted to provide limited relief to the heat with low temperatures in the lower to mid 70s. The area anticipated to be most affected by the heat is Stockton.

Higher temperatures elevate the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Community members including outdoor laborers, those without access to air conditioning, young children, older adults, and individuals with chronic medical conditions are the most vulnerable to heat impacts and are encouraged to seek refuge at a cooling center. County libraries are operating as cooling centers to provide a safe, air-conditioned space for people seeking relief from the heat. For a complete list of cooling centers, please go to

"San Joaquin County community members remain prepared for the extreme heat event extending into the next few days,” said Sierra Brucia, Director of the Office of Emergency Services. “County libraries continue to dedicate their facilities as cooling centers, offering a sanctuary to anyone seeking refuge from the heat. San Joaquin Regional Transit District will provide free rides to anyone, no questions asked, to cooling center locations.”

Community members are encouraged to check in frequently with older adults and those with chronic medical conditions who are especially vulnerable to the heat, including family, friends, and neighbors. If you see someone who may be suffering from a heat illness, please call 911 immediately. Community members should also take the following heat safety measures:

  • Drink plenty of water and beverages containing electrolytes even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar because they can speed up fluid loss.
  • Limit physical activity during peak heat hours.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear light weight, light colored, and loose-fitting clothing to help you keep cool.
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in heavy clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rest often and find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • People taking medications should take extra precautions to stay out of the heat.
  • Drugs such as stimulants can increase body core temperature and may predispose individuals to hyperthermia.

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About the Office of Emergency Services

The Office of Emergency Services (OES) is at the forefront of ensuring the safety and resilience of the San Joaquin County community. At OES, our unwavering commitment is to protect lives, property, and the environment across all phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. We understand the dynamic nature of emergencies and disasters and strive to create a safer and more resilient community for all.


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