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CBS12 Chico

Places to cool down as the temperatures go up

Places to cool down as the temperatures go up

This weekend is predicted to be the start of a week-long heat wave across much of the valley, meaning it will be uncomfortable and even dangerous as temperatures get into the triple-digits.

The good news is no matter what your budget, there are a number of places to go to beat the heat- and even have fun while doing it.

"Sometimes it's unbearable but I try to get a lot of ice water, stay hydrated," said Gwendolyn Gaskin, who has spent the past two years living out of her mini-van in the Chico area.

"I was really sick. The first time I got here, I actually ended up in the hospital dehydrated," Gaskin said of her first summer in Chico without an air-conditioned home.

But there are accessible and even free options for everyone. County libraries are open six days a week.

"People can hang out here, we have a number of tables, comfortable seating, and electricity for people who need to charge their phones. It's cool and it's available," said Oliver Allen, the senior library assistant at the Chico library branch.

The movie theaters are also kept at about 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, and even if you don't have money to burn, the Chico Mall has plenty of places to just hang out and cool down.

For those who have no shelter of their own, the Jesus Center will run movies as well as the AC from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"This is the hardest time for the year for (the homeless) to stay healthy. I'm a 'hydration czar', I'm always like 'drink more!' so, I worry about them," said Laura Cootsona, executive director at the Jesus Center on Park Avenue in Chico.

Many community members say they like the hot weather- as long as they can get out to the water.

"We're going rafting down the Sacramento River, taking (my kids) upstream and floating down to Scotty's Landing," said Pat Walters of Durham.

"They're going to the Yuba City water slides today to keep cool, and maybe later the creek up by the bridge," said Patricia Wenner of her grandchildren's plans for the hot weekend ahead.

Some say when it heats up, they simply get out of town.

"The coast is cool this weekend, or the mountains. It's ten degrees cooler in Paradise and Magalia," Walters said.

Others like Gaskin said they just wait for day's end.

"My comfort comes 9 o'clock at night when the sun goes down."

The water may be the best option this weekend, but as the temperature continues to climb into next week, cooling centers like the library are a great way to avoid heat stroke or dehydration during the work week.

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