High heat, coupled with low humidity, 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 throughout the warm summer months. If possible, stay out of the sun; avoid strenuous activity; drink plenty of water; and wear lightweight clothing.
When temperatures climb above 90 degrees, the City of West Hollywood activates a Cooling Center at Plummer Park. The Cooling Center is located at Plummer Park’s Community Center Senior Lounge, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. When the Cooling Center is activated, there is information posted on the home page of the City’s website, www.weho.org.
To confirm Cooling Center hours, please call the Center at (323) 848-6530.
Residents may also visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov to find other designated cooling centers throughout Los Angeles County.
In addition, while they not official Cooling Centers, libraries, such as the West Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library, offer an enjoyable, air-conditioned respite from the heat and are a great place to catch up on your reading. Visit the website for the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, for hours of operation, events, and programming information.
Tips for hot weather:
- If possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.
- Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends — especially the elderly — to make sure they are well. Take them extra water or a cool beverage.
- Never leave anyone unattended in a closed vehicle, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.
- Keep air conditioners set to 78 degrees.
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, televisions, and other electronics when not in use.
If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors during hot weather, please consider the following:
- Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather. If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
- Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid or reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen.
Occasionally hot weather adds strain to the power grid. To learn about any planned Flex Alerts, West Hollywood community members can call Southern California Edison at 800-611-1911 or log on to https://www.sce.com.
Weather updates can be found online at www.weather.gov/losangeles.
For more information regarding the City of West Hollywood’s Cooling Centers, please call the City’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6308.