Hot Temps Soar Back into Pasadena Aug. 26 Through Labor Day Weekend; Take Precautions

Posted on August 25, 2017 in

PASADENA, Calif.—HOT temps into the triple digits are expected to blast back into the local weather for Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles County area this weekend and possibly stretching into next week, beginning Aug. 26 and through Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4!  The City reminds everyone to take precautions against the heat and stay connected to the City for any alerts and updates.

Heat Advisories have been issued for many parts of Los Angeles County, including a Heat Emergency for the San Fernando Valley.

Weather, Red Flag and fire conditions can change rapidly with high heat.  Stay in touch on Twitter with both the National Weather Service – Los Angeles @NWSLosAngeles, and the Pasadena Fire Department, @PasadenaFD, for immediate updates.

Follow the City’s main Twitter account, @PasadenaGov, for updates too.

To beat the heat, especially if outdoors, remember to drink plenty of water or other nutritious fluids before you get thirsty; use sunscreen; wear light clothing; use a brimmed hat; and seek shade when you can.

NEVER, EVER, leave anyone in your car—including pets or people.  It is now legal for concerned citizens to forcibly enter vehicles with pets locked inside.  Instead, keep your animal companions safe at home, indoors, or if that is not possible, make sure they have shade and access to plenty of water too.

Area vegetation and brush remains extremely dry.  Pasadena Fire Department Officials urge extra care when using landscaping equipment as sparks from such equipment or vehicles can ignite brush fires.  Remember to discard cigars, cigarettes and other smoking devices properly; use extra caution with barbecues—always have someone watching both the barbecue and the swimming pool when in use.

Bookmark and check the City’s website, for updates on changing conditions.  Also, tune into KPAS, the City’s government TV channel, brought to you by Pasadena Media, streaming online at and the City’s website at and on Channel 3 for Charter/Spectrum cable TV subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers.

Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673.  For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138.  Visit for “Flex Alerts” and sign up for PWP’s Outage Management System to get up-to-date alerts on your phone and by email regarding any power outages by visiting

Depending on weather conditions and the community’s ability to conserve energy, anticipated cutbacks on natural gas supplies could lead to rolling blackouts this summer.  Learn more at

Air Quality updates can be found at:

For life-threatening emergencies always remember to dial 9-1-1.  Remain calm while on the phone.  Be prepared to give operators your name and location and an accurate description of the nature of your call.

For other suspicious activities, if you see something, say something, by calling Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241.

Pasadena Fire Department and Health Department Officials offer the following reminders and precautions during hot weather:

  • Weather updates can be found online at or by following the NWS Twitter account noted above.
  • If possible, stay indoors in an air conditioned environment, especially the young and the elderly.  If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going to an enclosed shopping mall, a public library or a designated cooling center.
  • Remember to check on your neighbors, family and friends—especially the elderly—to make sure they are OK.  Take them extra water or a cool beverage.
  • Never leave anyone unattended in closed vehicles, including pets!  For more pet care tips visit  Remember, if you do leave pets unattended in your vehicles, it is now lawful for persons to forcibly open your car to rescue them!
  • Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to stay.
  • Keep air conditioners set to about 78 degrees.
  • Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat. Use energy efficient fans as alternative.
  • Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
  • Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use.
  • Set refrigerator to 37 degrees, clean coils regularly & unplug unused secondary fridges.

If your work or recreation plans mean you must be outdoors, please consider the following:

  • Air quality can easily degrade during hot weather.  If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, minimize outdoor activity to reduce heat-related illness.
  • Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
  • Wear light and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink water often.  Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid, reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise, whether outside or in a non-air conditioned building, especially during peak heat hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen!


Visit to find the nearest official designated cooling center throughout Los Angeles County.  In Pasadena, the City now has two official Cooling Centers:

  • Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.
  • Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.


ALL Pasadena’s Recreation Centers provide air conditioned environments at:

  • Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Closed until further notice for renovation.
  • Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St., Monday-Friday, closed to general public due to programmed activities; open Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.
  • Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Closed Sunday.


While not official Cooling Centers, the Pasadena Public Library, and other local area public libraries offer an enjoyable, air-conditioned respite from the heat and are, of course, a great place to catch up on your reading too!  Pasadena Public Library locations and hours are noted below.

Hours for the public library and all other facilities listed below are subject to change, and may not be accurately reflected on this list, so please call first if you want to go there.

Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, (626) 744-4066.  Open 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Branch hours are as follows:

  • Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., (626) 744-7260, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Hill Avenue Branch, 55 S. Hill Ave., (626) 744-7264, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Lamanda Park Branch, 140 S. Altadena Dr., (626) 744-7266, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Linda Vista Branch, 1281 Bryant St., (626) 744-7278, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • San Rafael Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road, (626) 744-7270, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa Catalina Branch, 999 E. Washington Blvd., (626) 744-7272, Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • La Pintoresca Branch, 1355 N. Raymond Ave., (626) 744-7268, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Villa-Parke Branch, 363 E. Villa St., (626) 744-6510, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Hastings Branch, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 744-7262, Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday; 1 – 5 p.m.


Pasadena-area public swimming pools operated by the City are closed for the summer.

The Splash Pad

The Splash Pad is a free recreational water play element at La Pintoresca Park, 45 E. Washington Blvd., that operates on a push-button timer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day.


The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N Arroyo Blvd, down near the Rose Bowl Stadium, also offers a variety of fee-based lap and family swimming opportunities, plus organized swimming and competitive swim activities. Go to or call (626) 356-7572 for more information. Please note that hours of operation for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center may be impacted by the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival, so please call the center first before attempting to drive to it.


A trip to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 E. Green St., is also a good way to beat the heat.  Call (626) 578-0800; visit or email to


Be sure to stay connected to the City of Pasadena for local news and information from the City, especially during emergencies and other alerts.  Here are ways to stay connected to the City of Pasadena:

In addition to the main website homepage,, you can follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and (Like Us) on Facebook at

The Citizen Service Center is open to take your calls, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311.

The City of Pasadena uses the following Twitter accounts to send out alerts, including the following online pages and mobile handles:, @PasadenaGov, @PasadenaFD, @PWPnews, @PasadenaPD

Pasadena officials also urge all residents to sign up today for emergency alerts and other information from the City by joining the City’s Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System, or PLEAS.

PLEAS uses both text and voice messages to keep residents and community members in Pasadena informed in case of citywide or major emergencies.  Phone subscribers will receive a message with the latest information and safety instructions—that must be listened to in its entirety or the system will call you back.

Go to to register today.

During emergencies, the City also will use its government cable access TV station, KPAS, to help broadcast emergency information.  Charter cable subscribers see KPAS on Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse subscriber can watch KPAS on Channel 99.

KPAS is also streamed online at the City’s website and at

The City will also send out “Nixle” alerts to those who have established a free account at and identified the Pasadena zip codes that they wish to receive alerts for those areas.



National Weather Service, weather updates for the region,

American Red Cross,

For pet care tips visit


In the event of a major disaster, widespread power outage or other emergency, use your battery-operated radio to stay tuned to local major news radio stations, use the website addresses below or follow them on social media, including

KNX 1070 AM Radio:

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KPCC 89.3 (NPR affiliate):

KTNQ 1020 AM Radio (Spanish news):