An extended period of hot weather is expected in Multnomah County over the next week. Temperatures are expected to climb close to record highs in the upper 90s and, perhaps, low 100s over Labor Day weekend and into next week.
The heat will be dangerous for anyone without access to air conditioning, especially older adults or people with existing heart or lung problems. Children and people engaged in prolonged outdoor activities also will be vulnerable during this extended heat wave.
Multnomah County will operate three cooling centers during this extended period of hot weather. Cooling centers will open Friday, Sept. 1 through Thursday, Sept. 7 at the locations and times listed below. The County's interactive map also shows other places to cool down, including libraries.
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. Guests may be asked to put their pet in a provided crate. Each location also will have activities including board games and movies. Snacks and water also are available.
Community members are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives during this heat event and also to sign up to receive email alerts about future cooling center openings.
Here are a few tips for staying cool:
For additional tips, visit www.multco.us/help-when-its-hot.
Call for more information. The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or Telephone Relay Service (TRS) at 711.