Sacramento opens cooling centers during hellacious heatwave

Due to high daytime temperatures this weekend and into next week, the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance has opened the offices and hours listed below to serve as Cooling Centers for the community from Sunday, Aug. 14 – ​Friday, Aug. 19.  All community members are welcome. 

Protective facial coverings are required and will be provided to all visitors. Pets must be on a leash or contained in an animal carrier at all times. Snacks and water will be provided.

The cooling center locations, days open and hours are below. 


  • DHA Annex: 1725 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 
  • DHA Customer Service Center: 5747 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660  


  • Sunday, Aug. 14 from 2 – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 15 – Friday, Aug. 19 – Offices are open to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., extended hours for weather respite are 4 – 8 p.m.

County-wide cooling center information will be current and updated day to day on the 2-1-1 website

Sacramento County Public Health reminds residents to take steps to keep cool during the upcoming heat event. With these seasonably high temperatures expected, it is important that you take precautionary steps to keep yourself, your family, your neighbors and your pets cool, and remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues at least twice a day.  

Keep as cool and hydrated as possible; drink plenty of water, avoid spending time outside, especially during the hottest part of the day, and limit outside activities as much as possible. Cooling down a few hours a day will allow the body to recover and tolerate the heat better for the rest of the day.  

Tips for Beating the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid alcohol. Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or freeze a wet cloth to wipe down your head and neck.
  • Check on loved ones – Be sure to check on less mobile or older friends, family and neighbors who live alone, don’t have air conditioning or are hesitant to use their air conditioner.
  • Clothing – Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing 
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you have to be outside, try to stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, shaded or air-conditioned breaks.  Do not exercise outside during the hott​est part of the day.
  • Beware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in fewer than 10 minutes.
  • Keep your pets cool – Give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Don’t exercise your pets in high temperatures or when the pavement is hot. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun or bring them indoors.
  • Sunscreen – Protect your skin against cancer, burns and skin damage by using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Stay informed – Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely and pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Don’t get caught unprepared as temperatures climb into the triple digits. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and learn to respond if you or a loved one are experiencing severe heat-related illness by checking out our Hot Weather Tips news release

Please remember: Only dial 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency.