SALINAS VALLEY — An excessive heat warning has been issued for parts of Monterey County, including the cities of Greenfield and King City as well as southern Salinas Valley.

The warning takes effect beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday and continues until 1 p.m. Friday, according to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. Dangerously hot conditions are expected, with temperatures ranging from 98 to 108 degrees.

Other areas under the advisory include Arroyo Seco, Lake San Antonio, Santa Lucia Mountains, Los Padres National Forest and Pinnacles National Park.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” advised the National Weather Service in an alert. “Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.”

A cooling center will be open through Friday at the King Center Recreation Center, 401 Division St., upon request by contacting City Hall at 831-385-3281 during the hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pools and splash pond are also open.

Soledad Community Center, 560 Walker Drive, also acts as a cooling center when temperatures reach more than 100 degrees.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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