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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Cooling centers to open Monday with high of 106 expected

  • Heat not expected to last too long, though, with temps dropping back into the low 90s for most of the week.
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  • The county-operated cooling center in Taft will be open Monday for the first time in 2014.
    Monday's high in Taft is expected to hit 106, so the Veterans Building at Taylor and Cedar streets will from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The temperature in Taft climbed to 100 about 3 p.m., and the overnight low monday morning is expected to be around 73 before the heat really kicks in Monday afternoon.
    A shift in the wether pattern will begin Monday night and temperatures will cool to the low 90s for highs and overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s for the rest of the week.
    Still, Monday's heat has triggered the first use of cooling centers in the county.
    Each summer, the Kern County Parks Department opens cooling centers throughout Kern County when temperatures are forecast by the National Weather Service to exceed certain highs.
    Cooling Centers open in the San Joaquin Valley (including Taft) and Kern River Valley when the temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher, in the desert areas when temperatures are forecast to be 108 degrees or higher, and in Frazier Park when temperatures are forecast to be 95 degrees or higher.  The centers are open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    The Cooling Centers Daily Report will be issued by 11 a.m. on the day before the Centers open.  Weekend Cooling Center openings will be released by 11 a.m. on Friday.
    The Parks Department operates the centers in cooperation with the Department of Aging and Adult Services, other Kern County agencies and districts and PG&E,
    Residents using the centers should bring their own books, puzzles or games to pass the time. Water and snacks will be provided thanks to funding from PG&E.
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