Swimming, staying inside in air conditioned comfort, fans and even reading a book at the Pleasanton Library are great ways to keep cool today as temperatures stay hot, though much below the triple-digit levels we saw earlier this week.
The city of Pleasanton suggests spending time out in an air conditioned public locations, such as the public library and senior center, or going for a swim at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center.
The senior center, located at 5353 Sunol Blvd., is traditionally one of Pleasanton's designated cooling centers for extreme heat days. When activated as a cooling center, the senior center extends its hours until 9:30 p.m. and opens to the public during weekends.
"Typically, when the temperature 'spikes' for two or more consecutive days and there has not been an adequate drop in nighttime temperature typically 30 degrees below the highest temperature of the day to cool the outdoor and indoor environments, the cooling center will be activated," said Kathleen Yurchak, Pleasanton's assistant director of operations services.
Movie theaters, shopping malls, places of worship and grocery stores are additional suggested locations to seek relief from the heat, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department.
In past years, the aquatic center also acted as a designated cooling center and still sometimes offers extended recreational swim hours on when temperatures are high and the pools are not being used for lessons or other programs, according to Michelle Dunaway, the center's recreation supervisor.
"I remember back in the day, kids could just run through the sprinklers all the time, but under the current circumstances, we definitely try to encourage families to use public pools as opposed to their water at home," Dunaway said.
Energy use increases during hot days with the use of air conditioners, electric fans and household utilities. PG&E lists tips on its website to keep energy use low on hot days as well.
Keeping the area clear where the air conditioner vents to the outside to enhance ventilation is one of PG&E's suggestions along with setting the thermostat to 75-78 degrees while at home and 85 degrees when away from home.
PG&E also suggests waiting until cool times of the day to complete household chores that require high energy appliances such as laundry and cooking.
Heat illnesses, such as heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps and dehydration, are another effect of rising summer temperatures
In addition to remaining in cool locations, the county public health department advises drinking plenty of fluids and minimizing outdoor physical activity during the hottest points of the day which is typically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.