The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit Town Hall Monday through Thursday during business hours; the library, and Hi-Desert Nature Museum. The Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe road has been designated as a cooling center. The Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria in Joshua Tree will serve as a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pets are not allowed at the cooling centers. If you will be outside during the heat of the day, protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Take steps necessary to keep cool, by going inside air-conditioned buildings, and drink two to five times more than the usual amount of water. Pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. On a hot day, temperatures inside of a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels. The temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes, regardless of whether the windows are rolled down or not. Dogs can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as fifteen minutes. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, call your local animal shelter or the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-3781. Be prepared to provide a vehicle description and license plate number.

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