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Cool Zones Offer Places To Beat The Summer Heat

Starting today, San Diego County residents looking to beat the summer heat are invited to go to one of 100 designated Cool Zone locations throughout the region.

2012 Cool Zones In San Diego County
100 designated Cool Zone locations throughout San Diego County.
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The county-sponsored Cool Zones program directs residents, especially seniors, the low-income and the disabled, to go to public facilities that have air conditioners running on extremely hot days.

Residents can find the sites by looking for window signs with a light blue logo featuring a polar bear. Typical sites are libraries, recreation centers and senior centers.


The annual Cool Zones program runs through September.

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