Beat the heat in Sacramento, California

A young father stands with his child in front of a pool with play equipment
The North Natomas Aquatics Complex has recreational swimming 1-5 p.m. | Photo by @trang_gardner

Not only is today forecasted to be the year’s hottest yet at 102 degrees, but we’re also having to contend with an active Heat Advisory + Red Flag Warning at the same time.

While the Red Flag Warning expires at 11 a.m  (it’s always a good idea to be fire ready), the Heat Advisory for high temps + high risks for heat-related illnesses will be in effect until 11 p.m. 

But don’t sweat —here’s a list of local resources + activities to help keep you safe + cool all day long. 

❄️ Cooling Centers  

Sac’s Department of Human Assistance shared that it will keep its two cooling centers open to the public past its normal closing time of 6 p.m. today. The locations are:

  • 1725 28th St.
  • 2450 Florin Rd.

Note: Facial coverings are required to use these centers, and pets must be on a leash or in an animal carrier.

🩳 Go for a swim

We gave the Aquatics department a call, and found out that the North Natomas Aquatics Complex will be the only pool open for recreational swimming today. It’s open from 1-5 p.m. There’s also swimming in the American River, but be sure to stay safe while enjoying our natural waterways.

📗 Check out a library

Libraries are a great way to cool down and keep yourself entertained with books, movies + more. There’s even an interactive map to help you find the closest one (all locations in gray). 

🎨 Cooling off is an art

Books not your thing? Consider a visit to one of our many museums, like the Crocker, MOSAC, or the Sacramento History Museum.

📽️ Lights, camera, AC

Who can say no to a movie on a hot day? The Tower Theatre is showing a three-hour epic about the Royal Opera at 2:00 p.m. — or catch the latest blockbuster at Century DOCO and DX.

The city also has a great list of general tips, from staying hydrated to taking cold showers. Also, don’t forget about places like Gunther’s, Vic’s, or Devil May Care for locally made ice-cream treats.