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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — As the hot weather continues in the Bay Area, a number of cities have opened up cooling centers where people can beat the heat.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning that began on Saturday and continues until Wednesday at 7 p.m.

San Jose has opened 10 cooling centers for the public that will operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Wednesday. A list of cooling centers is available on the city’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov.

The cooling centers are organized by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, which can be reached by phone at (408) 535-3570.

The South Bay is expected to experience scorching temperatures, even at night, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommends that residents open their windows to improve air circulation.

In the East Bay, the city of Livermore has a cooling center open at the Robert Livermore Community Center, located at 4444 East Avenue.

Pleasanton has extended hours at its primary cooling center at the city’s Senior Center at 5353 Sunol Blvd., which will be open through Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.

The center has air conditioning, water, TV and games for people who need an escape from the heat.

Multiple cooling centers have opened throughout Contra Costa County. San Ramon has seven centers open at various times through Friday. The centers will be closed Thursday, however, because of the Fourth of July holiday.

San Ramon’s website lists cooling centers within the city and in other parts of the county. The list can be viewed at www.sanramon.ca.gov/general/cooling.htm.

Seniors looking for more information can call the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging at (925) 229-8434.

Napa County Health and Human Services officials were not aware of any cooling centers in that county but recommended that residents see a doctor if they experience any symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as profuse sweating or muscle cramping.

In Sonoma County, the Petaluma Community Center at 320 N. McDowell Blvd. will remain open as a cooling center through Wednesday between noon and 8 p.m. Updated heat information is available by clicking on “emergency info” at www.cityofpetaluma.net.

Bay Area temperatures will continue to stay warm on the Fourth of July and will begin to cool on Friday, KPIX 5 chief meteorologist Paul Deanno said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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