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Manteca opens cooling center until Tuesday
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The heat wave of 100-degree plus temperatures is promoting city officials to open the Manteca Senior Center as a cooling center today through at least Tuesday.

The senior center, located at 295 Cherry Lane behind the Manteca Civic Center and police department, will be open the next four days from noon to 8 p.m., noted Fire Chief Kirk Waters.

The cooling center is open to anyone regardless of age. It is designed to make sure those without air conditioning will have a place to go during the heat wave. Cooling centers are a bid to avoid illness and even possible death related to the stress of heat.

Waters said he plans to discuss with the volunteer Community Emergency Response Team whether a door-to-door welfare check will be done of various neighborhoods such as mobile home parks. One such door-to-door welfare check seven years ago resulted in an elderly woman in the first stages of heat-related illness being taken to the hospital for treatment.

The high reached 106 degrees at 4:20 p.m. Friday at the weather station at the Manteca Civic Center. Aggravating discomfort connected to the heat wave is unusually high humidity. The weather station indicated it was at 74 percent humidity at 6:34 a.m. Friday before dropping down to 30 percent 11 hours later.

The high today is expected to reach 104 degrees then inch up to 105 degrees Sunday before back-to-back 108- degree days on Monday and Tuesday. It is expected to top 103 degrees Wednesday before cooling off to a high of 93 degrees on the Fourth of July.

But no matter how hot it gets in Manteca, it won’t be the hottest place in California. That dubious distinction belongs to Death Valley where the Tuesday high is expected to reach 130 degrees and then cool off overnight to 96 degrees. It is not expected to drop to below 120 degrees as a day time high in Death Valley until July 15.

Death Valley holds the world record for the hottest air temperature ever recorded. That was 134 degrees on July 10, 1913.