Record heat in forecast calls for plans to chill
Long-established hot temperature records may fall later this week, and everyone needs to take precautions so you don't fall with them.
With triple-digit temperatures predicted for at least Tuesday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 4, some of the hot weather warnings are obvious, but should be repeated. Don't leave children or pets in the car, not even in the shade or with windows cracked.
Be sure to check on any elderly or vulnerable neighbors. Multnomah County experts recommend twice a day. Are their homes cool enough? Do they need a fan or to be taken to a cooling center? Are they drinking enough water and having a light bite to eat?
Everyone should drink more water. Don't wait until you're thirsty. Alcohol and sugary drinks are not the best choice. Make sure pets are kept cool and also have plenty of water.
If you feel overheated, take a cool shower or bath, Multnomah County advises. Wear lightweight and loose clothing.
Multnomah County warns to limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and rest often in shady areas. If you are out, wear a wide brimmed hat to create your own shade and sunscreen.
How about salad or sandwiches for dinner? Don't heat up the house even more by using your stove or oven.
There are lots of places to get out of the heat. Gresham's splash pad is a fun place for children to beat the heat, but adult companions need to find a shady spot from which to supervise.
Multnomah County will operate its cooling center at the Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St., starting Tuesday, Aug. 1 through at least Monday, Aug. 7, as long as temperatures remain above 90 degrees. The centers will be open from 5-8 p.m. on weekdays and 2-8 p.m. on weekends. Pets and children are welcome and there will be board games, movies, snacks and water available.
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.
Local libraries are another place to get out of the heat. The Gresham Library is at 385 N.W. Miller Ave., Rockwood Library is at 17917 S.E. Stark St., Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. and Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road.
It also might be a nice time to see that summer blockbuster movie you've been wanting to take in, while enjoying an air-conditioned theater.
Be sure to check any events for cancellations that are scheduled for this hot week. Corbett cancelled its National Night Out celebration scheduled for Friday, Aug. 4, because of the predicted hot weather. They hope to reschedule.
If you have any questions, call 211 for more information.