The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning across Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, including the Portland metropolitan area, Tuesday through Friday of this week.
In an advisory issued Monday, the NWS predicts temperatures will reach 100 Tuesday, climb to between 104 and 107 degrees Wednesday and stay near the century mark Thursday and Friday. It’s likely Wednesday temperatures will match or exceed the hottest temperatures ever recorded.
Multnomah County will open cooling centers beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1 and remain open through at least Monday, Aug. 7 at the locations listed below. Centers may remain open beyond this date if temperatures remain above 90 degrees. All cooling centers will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Transportation to cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged. All rides are free of charge.
Pets and children are welcome at all three cooling center locations. Each location also will have activities including board games and movies. Snacks and water also are available.
Washington County Emergency Management has also compiled a list of places to stay cool in Washington County this week.
If you wish to receive an email alert when cooling centers open, you can sign up here. You may also call the county helpline at at Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans’ Services – (503) 988-3646 or 711 (for the hearing-impaired). You can also call 211 info to find resources.
The Skanner will update its website with more information on the local response to the heat wave as it becomes available.
Multnomah County also includes resources for coping with excessive heat on its website. It the following advice for preventing and addressing heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
If you believe someone has heat stroke or heat exhaustion, get them to a cool, shaded place immediately and provide water. If symptoms persist, or the person loses consciousness, call 911.
Heat stroke symptoms include:
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
The Oregon Humane Society cautions pet owners to walk dogs in the morning or evening, and not to let dogs ride in an uncovered pickup bed during the day, as the heated metal can burn their paws. Pets should not be left in outside unattended in high heat. Animals experiencing heat stroke will become restless or lethargic, vomit or become clumsy; if your pet experiences these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
An Oregon law that went into effect last month protects members of the public from liability for damage to vehicles in which children or animals are left unattended.
This story has been updated from an earlier version to include information about cooling sites in Multnomah and Washington Counties.