With High Temperatures Forecast, WeHo Opens Plummer Park Cooling Center

With temperatures climbing across Southern California this week, the City of West Hollywood is opening a cooling center at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Fuller.

plummer park cooling centerAccording to the National Weather Service, there will be a heat advisory in effect from Tuesday at 11 a.m. to Wednesday at 9 p.m.

The cooling center is open today and will remain open through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will remain open for additional days if high temperatures persist.

The cooling center is available for quiet activities. People using the center are encouraged to bring books or board games. Staff members at Plummer Park are available to direct people to the Senior Lounge.

High heat can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable. The city reminds residents and community members to take precautions to keep as cool as possible during hot days. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water, and wear lightweight clothing. Pets and children are particularly vulnerable to high-heat conditions. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes — even with windows cracked open.

The city provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its CityLine service. CityLine is an ADA-accessible alternative to the larger bus system. It operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. Additional information and a detailed route map are available online. Route maps are also available on CityLine shuttles and at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. at Sweetzer.

For additional tips on coping with hot weather, please visit the city’s Cooling Center website.