Hot Tips to Cool Down During the Heat Wave

With power demand surging due to scorching temperatures across Southern California, everyone is urged to do their part to help conserve energy and reduce stress on the electric grid.

High temperatures are forecasted to last through the next few days, peaking in the upper 90s on Wednesday and Thursday. Along with the extreme heat, elevated fire danger is expected in inland San Diego and Orange counties.

Don’t let the heat wave make you feel miserable. When it gets hot, get creative with cooling down. Here are some ideas to beat the heat and have some family fun too.

Unleash the Fun at Splash Pads and Water Parks

There are more than a dozen splash pads and water parks throughout San Diego County, and some them are free. Pack some towels and sunscreen and let the kids splash the day away. Here is a selection of free splash pads:

Enjoy Activities at Air-Conditioned Libraries

There is always something fun to do at our local libraries, whether it’s arts and crafts, story time, yoga, art exhibits, or book discussions. Many libraries, because they are air-conditioned, are also designated as Cool Zones.

Check out the San Diego Public Library event calendar. By the way, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, San Diego city branch libraries are open through 8 p.m.

Here is the calendar of events at San Diego County branch libraries. Hours and locations are available here.

Dine Al Fresco on the Beach or at a Park

If it’s too hot to cook or eat dinner inside, consider grabbing sandwich fixings at your local grocery store and head to a beach or park to enjoy a picnic on the sand or grass.

Nothing beats dining al fresco with a view of the sunset. Here is a list of some of the best picnic spots in our region.

Take the Plunge at a Community Pool

The City of San Diego operates more than a dozen community pools, with low-cost admissions - $4 per visit for adults and $2 per visit for children. This web page lists pool locations, hours of operation and program details.

For those who live in North County, check out this 2018 guide to the top community and public pools in north inland and north coastal communities.