City, County of Los Angeles Opens Cooling Centers in Wake of Heat Wave

The heat wave is expected to last from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon.

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The Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks and the county's Office of Emergency Management has announced that 10 cooling centers have been activated to help people cope with near triple-digit temperatures forecast to continue through the weekend.

Although the Safer at Home orders are still in place during the coronavirus pandemic, Recreation and Parks officials said the centers will follow social distancing guidelines during hours of operation.

NBC Los Angeles reported an excessive heat warning for the Los Angeles area that began on Friday morning and will remain in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday.

The cooling centers opened at 11 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m., with the same hours of operation on Saturday, at:

  • The Lincoln Heights Senior Center, 2323 Workman St., 323-225-9339;
  • Mid-Valley Senior Center at the Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City, 818-892-0892;
  • Robert Wilkinson Multipurpose Center, 8956 Vanalden Ave. in Northridge, 818-756-7741; and
  • Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd., 818-386-9674.

The county's cooling centers are located at:

After the conclusion of the cooling centers' activation hours, the facilities will continue to follow the citywide park closures and restrictions mandated by Safer at Home orders and the county Department of Public Health orders until further notice, Recreation and Parks officials said.

More information about the facilities is available by calling 311 or the Recreation and Parks public information office at 213-202-2700, or visiting

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