Cooling zone opening in Merced on Sunday

The City of Merced will open its cooling zone Sunday through Wednesday because of the heat wave sweeping through the San Joaquin Valley.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the area through Tuesday night because of the temperatures. Sunday’s forecast high is 107 and Monday and Tuesday temperature’s are expected to reach 108 degrees. The high for Wednesday is currently forecast for 107.

The cooling zone for the City of Merced will be in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St. from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be water, snacks and other supplies available in the room.

There will be free bus rides to the Merced cooling zone provided by The Bus. (Bus service does end at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.)

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