Temperatures in the Portland metro area are expected to climb into the upper 90s Thursday and remain hot well into next week. In response, Clackamas County is reminding residents that official centers do exist for folks who don't have access to cool places where they can avoid the heat and relax.
Two of those centers are in Lake Oswego:
• Lake Oswego Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.; 503-635-3758): The ACC will be open until 8 p.m. Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
• Lake Oswego Public Library (706 Fourth St.; 503-636-7628): The library will be open until 9 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition, the county officials are urging anyone who plans to be outdoors during the heat wave to take precautions and protect themselves and others from sun exposure and the heat. Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County's health officer, says it's important for people to know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
"Dizziness, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all signs that help should be sought immediately," she says.
Present also says it's a good idea to monitor those who are vulnerable when temperatures begin to rise.
"Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially to infants, the elderly, outdoor laborers, those with preexisting health conditions and those who do not have access to relief from high temperatures," she says. "Infants are less able to regulate their body temperatures and people with underlying health conditions may be less able to adapt to the heat. Many medications can contribute to dehydration."
Tips for staying cool include:
• Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
• Set your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.
• Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.
• Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.
• Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.
— The Review