As record-breaking temperatures scorched most of the United States last week, Chino hit an all-time high of 120 degrees on July 6, according to the National Weather Service.

It may have been the highest temperature recorded by a National Weather Service automated surface observing system in San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside or San Diego counties, the organization announced.

The 120-degree temperature in Chino and the 114-degree temperature in Chino Hills both set records for a July 6, smashing the previous records set in 1942.

Last Saturday, Chino and Chino Hills again set temperature records for a July 7.

Chino hit 114 degrees and Chino Hills reached the 107-degree mark. 

The Chino Valley Fire District said there were 20 heat-related calls for service on the two hottest days so far this year.

Students attending Cal Aero Preserve Academy, a year-round school in south Chino, stayed indoors for lunch and recess on Friday, July 6, the first day of school. They also stayed indoors Monday, July 9.

Although temperatures are only supposed to get into the 90s in the coming week, the cities of Chino and Chino Hills are prepared in case they climb again this summer.

“Chino Hills residents can take a break from the heat at a variety of locations within the city, including movie theaters, shopping centers, and restaurants,” Chino Hills city spokeswoman Denise Cattern said.

The James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library and the Chino Hills Community Center, if not rented for the day, are also available to cool off, Ms. Cattern said. The community center has a game room and television room in the back, she said.

Regular hours for the library are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

The Community Center hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Mrs. Cattern said the community center often remains open past regular hours for recreational classes and facility rentals

“If high temperatures are anticipated to occur for an extended duration or are combined with a prolonged power outage, the city would consider opening a facility as a cooling center in response to the heightened heat risk affecting our residents,” she said.

The city of Chino has three facilities that are used for cooling centers once temperatures reach 100 degrees or above, according to interim city spokeswoman Arianna Fajardo. The centers, their addresses, and cooling center hours are:

Chino Senior Center, 13170 Central Ave.; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Preserve Community Center, 15800 Main St., 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Neighborhood Activity Center, 5201 D St, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.



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