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With triple-digit heat in place, San Antonio cooling centers are open this weekend

The city says adults 65 and older; children, 4 and younger; and people with existing medical conditions are at higher risk on days with high temperatures.

SAN ANTONIO — With the heat index expected to reach 100 degrees this weekend, the City of San Antonio is opening cooling centers.

The city says adults 65 and older; children 4 and younger; and people with existing medical conditions are at higher risk on days with high temperatures. They are also suggesting people drink plenty of water and protect themselves from sun exposure. They are also encouraging everyone to check on neighbors and loved ones who may not have access to air conditioning.

One thing for elderly residents to keep in mind: Senior centers will be closed, so they'll have to use libraries as cooling centers to beat this heat. The county is also offering two cooling centers and also partnering with Meals on Wheels.

"Meals on Wheels will conduct in-home safety checks with senior residents in the unincorporated areas of Bexar County and the 26 suburban cities," said Tom Peine, a county spokesperson.   

Nine additional cooling centers will be opened for seniors on Monday.

Additionally, the county remains under a burn ban. Outdoor burning is not recommended at all with the dry winds this weekend, and all residents are urged to remain diligent and avoid activities that could spark a fire.

Metro Health is reminding everyone to keep these heat safety tips at the top of mind:

  • Drink plenty of water. 
  • Check on your neighbors, especially if you know they don't have A/C. 
  • Wear light-layered, light-colored clothing. 
  • Use sunscreen and apply frequently, and recognize the signs of a heat stroke.

George Perez, the Operations Manager for Public Health Emergency Preparedness with Metro Health said, "Profuse sweating for someone... looking flush in the face or even pale at times, depending on the age of the individual," said George Perez, operations manager for public health emergency preparedness with Metro Health. "Because usually, if you're a senior (or) older person, (you) may not sweat as much as someone who is younger."

"We do have these our infrared heat guns where we can just point at the animal pointing at the ground, get accurate readings as to that the weather that your dogs are are seeing," added Bethany Snowden, field operations manager with Animal Care Services. 

Animal Care Services will have a zero-tolerance police this weekend and reminds owners to make sure fresh water and shelter is always available for their pets. A shaded parking spot or cracked window does little to protect animals from heat. Mind pets around water; most are not natural swimmers. Chain tethers are not allowed.

When it comes to saving energy, CPS Energy officials advise setting thermostats two to three degrees higher during the heat of the day. Plus:

  • Use fans to cool as much as possible. 
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances. 
  • Avoid using large appliances during peak demand hours. Ceiling fans help you cool off your body too. 

"The reason why is because your skin is actually emitting perspiration on its own, and the air from the ceiling fan hitting your skin actually makes you feel cooler," said Christine Patmon, of CPS Energy. 

If you don't have transportation and want to get to one of the cooling centers, VIA is offering fare-free trips to and from cooling centers as long as they stay open. 

The cooling centers are available to the public during normal business hours; see the full list below. For tips on pets and heat, click here. For tips on conserving electricity during high heat times, click here. For resources to help you beat the heat across San Antonio, click here.  

Central Library

600 Soledad

San Antonio 78205

PHONE: 210.207.2500

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: CLOSED

Carver Branch Library

3350 E Commerce St

San Antonio 78220

PHONE: 210.207.9180

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Cody Branch Library

11441 Vance Jackson Rd

San Antonio 78230

PHONE: 210.207.9100

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Collins Garden Branch Library

200 N Park Blvd

San Antonio 78204

PHONE: 210.225.0331

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Encino Branch Library

2515 E Evans Rd

San Antonio 78259

PHONE: 210.207.9250

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Great Northwest Branch Library

9050 Wellwood St

San Antonio 78250

PHONE: 210.207.9210

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Igo Branch Library

13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy

San Antonio 78249

PHONE: 210.207.9080

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Landa Branch Library

233 Bushnell Ave

San Antonio 78212

PHONE: 210.207.9090

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Maverick Branch Library

8700 Mystic Park

San Antonio 78254

PHONE: 210.207.9060

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

McCreless Branch Library

1023 Ada

San Antonio 78223

PHONE: 210.207.9170

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Mission Branch Library

3134 Roosevelt Ave

San Antonio 78214

PHONE: 210.207.2704

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Parman Branch Library at Stone Oak

20735 Wilderness Oak

San Antonio 78258

PHONE: 210.207.2703

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

San Pedro Branch Library

1315 San Pedro Ave

San Antonio 78212

PHONE: 210.207.9050

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Schaefer Branch Library

6322 US Hwy 87 E

San Antonio 78222

PHONE: 210.207.9300

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Semmes Branch Library

15060 Judson Rd

San Antonio 78247

PHONE: 210.207.9110

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Thousand Oaks Branch Library

4618 Thousand Oaks Dr

San Antonio 78233

PHONE: 210.207.9190

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior Center

8353 Culebra Rd

San Antonio 78251

PHONE: 210.558.0178

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Claude Black Community Center (District 2)

2805 E Commerce St

San Antonio 78202

PHONE: 210.207.5233

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

District 2 Senior Center

1751 S WW White Rd

San Antonio 78220

PHONE: 210.207.5390

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

District 5 Senior Center

2701 S Presa St

San Antonio 78210

PHONE: 210.207.5270

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center

1226 NW 18th St

San Antonio 78207

PHONE: 210.207.1700

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Northeast Senior Center

4135 Thousand Oaks

San Antonio 78233

PHONE: 210.207.4590

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

West End Park Comprehensive Senior Center

1226 NW 18th St

San Antonio 78207

PHONE: 210.207.1720

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Bob Ross Senior Center

2219 Babcock Rd

San Antonio 78229

PHONE: 210.207.5300

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Southside Lions Senior Center

3303 Pecan Valley Dr

San Antonio 78210

PHONE: 210.207.1760

M: 7am-4pm

T: 7am-4pm

W: 7am-4pm

TR: 7am-4pm

FR: 7am-4pm

SA: Closed

SU: Closed

Bazan Branch Library

2200 W Commerce St

San Antonio 78207

PHONE: 210.207.9160

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Brook Hollow Branch Library

530 Heimer

San Antonio 78232

PHONE: 210.207.9030

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Cortez Branch Library

2803 Hunter Blvd

San Antonio 78224

PHONE: 210.207.9130

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Guerra Branch Library

7978 Military Dr W

San Antonio 78227

PHONE: 210.207.9070

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Igo Branch Library

13330 Kyle Seale Pkwy

San Antonio 78249

PHONE: 210.207.9080

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Johnston Branch Library

6307 Sun Valley

San Antonio 78227

PHONE: 210.207.9240

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Landa Branch Library

233 Bushnell Ave

San Antonio 78212

PHONE: 210.207.9090

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Las Palmas Branch Library

515 Castroville Rd.

San Antonio 78237

PHONE: 210.207.9200

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Pan American Branch Library

1122 Pyron Av. W

San Antonio 78221

PHONE: 210.207.9150

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

SU: 10am -6pm

Potranco Branch Library

8765 State Hwy 151

San Antonio 78245

PHONE: 210.207.9280

M: 12 - 8pm

T: 12 - 8pm

W: 10am -6pm

TR: 10am -6pm

FR: 10am -6pm

SA: 10am -6pm

Garza Community Center

5627 Mira Vista

San Antonio 78228

PHONE: 210.207.3239

SA: 9am-5pm

Ward Community Center

435 E Sunshine

San Antonio 78228

PHONE: 210.732.2481

SA: 9am-5pm