As temperatures continue to rise in Kern County, cooling centers will begin opening to help residents beat the heat.
Kern County General Services announced Monday that cooling center "season" will begin on Tuesday, May 15 and end on Friday, September 21. This means that cooling centers can open once forecasted temperatures exceed a certain set limit.
Cooling centers will open in the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys when temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher. In the desert areas, temperatures forecasted to be 108 degrees or higher will prompt opening of the centers, and centers will open in Frazier Park when temperatures are forecasted to be 95 degrees or higher.
When that criteria is met, the centers will be open from 1:00-8:00 p.m.