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Cooling center open as heat wave persists
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Local firefighter Matthew Mansfield sits alone while waiting for people to find their way to the Cooling Center at the Manteca Transit Center, 220 Moffat Blvd., on Friday.

An excessive heat warning was issued Friday afternoon by The Emergency Email & Wireless Network.

Posted for this area of San Joaquin County – from 11 a.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Wednesday – was the message of: “an extended period of dangerously hot conditions with record temperatures up to 105 to 115 degrees possible.”

The forecast calls for the current extreme heat wave of 100-degree plus days to last nine days until Friday. The peak will be Monday and Tuesday when the temperature is expected to reach 111 degrees.

One of the ways to beat the heat is by visiting the Cooling Center during the three-day Labor Day weekend.

“We’re now open,” said local firefighter Matthew Mansfield at the Manteca Transit Center’s cooling area on early Friday afternoon.

This was the first day of Manteca Cooling Center at 220 Moffat Blvd. – those entering the Transit Center will enter through the lobby enroute to the Community Room.

Mansfield indicated that this spacious area can easily accommodate about 50 or so people during these scorching hot days.

The Cooling Center will be held at the Manteca Transit Center on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, from 1 to 9 p.m. – closing time may be sooner if there’s no one there, Mansfield noted – and Sunday (same times) at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Ln.

Bottled water will be available.

Masks will also be provided, if needed – those experiencing symptoms of cold or flu or exposed to COVID-19 will not be admitted.

Anyone with knowledge of someone in need of shelter from the heat are strongly encouraged to relay information on the cooling center.

Email for questions or concerns.

In Lathrop, the Community Center at 15557 Fifth St. will serve as the Cooling Center from now through Tuesday, from noon to 7 p.m.