Valley libraries designated 'cooling centers' to beat heat

Los Angeles city officials announced today air-conditioned libraries, senior centers and parks and recreation facilities in the San Fernando Valley will be available to provide relief from scorching temperatures this weekend.

In the San Fernando Valley, the following facilities can serve as "cooling centers'' from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday:

More information can be found by dialing 311 or (213) 228-7000. Library schedules and addresses are also listed on the website, www.lapl.org/branches.

The Recreation and Parks Web site offers a link to senior center information: www.laparks.org/dos/senior/senior.htm

During periods of excessive heat, there is an increased risk of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunstroke, so people are advised to: