AUBURN, Calif. – Placer County will keep three of its libraries open throughout the long holiday weekend to help residents stay cool and out of the heat. County libraries located in Auburn, Foresthill and Colfax will extend their hours of operation until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Although typically closed on Sundays and holidays, these three libraries will be open from noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday and Labor Day Monday with air-conditioned spaces but limited library services.
A list of air-conditioned centers in Roseville is available on the City of Roseville’s website, here.
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Sacramento has issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect from Saturday at 11 a.m. through Tuesday until 8 p.m.
Forecast temperatures will reach 114 degrees in the valleys and 110 degrees in the foothills. Overnight lows are anticipated to be in the upper 80s in the foothills and upper 70s in the valleys, which means there will be little respite from the heat during the evening hours. Residents are encouraged to find relief by visiting the Colfax Library at 10 Church Street or the Foresthill Library at 24580 Main Street and the Auburn library at 350 Nevada Street.
California ISO issued a Flex Alert today asking residents to voluntarily reduce their energy usage between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m. this evening due to high temperatures pushing up energy demand and tightening available power supplies. Additional Flex Alerts are possible through Labor Day weekend.
Residents are asked to conserve power by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, avoiding use of major appliances and turning off all unnecessary lights. People should also avoid charging electric vehicles during this time.
As a reminder, during extreme heat, drink plenty of fluids, wear a hat when outside and wear loose, light-colored clothing. If possible, seek out air-conditioned spaces like libraries, shopping malls and community centers. Remember, never leave a child, adult or animal in a vehicle on a hot day.
NWS is also forecasting elevated fire conditions due to heat, dry fuels and very low humidity.
Visit www.readyplacer for more tips on staying safe during extreme heat, preparing for a power shutoff and for a potential wildland fire.