Visit a Cooling/Warming Centers

The City of Palo Alto opens its community respite centers and cooling centers during heatwaves and spells of poor air quality.

Please continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines by staying home if you are sick, wear a face covering, and keep a safe distance of six feet apart or more when at the cooling center.


The City will activate its designated cooling center based on weather conditions. We are opening cooling centers due to poor air quality as well.

COVID Safety

Healthy Tips for Poor Air Quality

Staying Safe When it's Hot Out

  • In extreme heat, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Check on your pets frequently to ensure they are safe during extreme heat. 
  • Keep strenuous activity to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and use a buddy system!
  • Make sure you drink LOTS of water to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration, heat stroke & more.
  • During extreme heat drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun's heat.
  • Bob Vila has practical advice for the best places to position fans for maximum cooling.

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