Local Cooling Centers
The Yelm Timberland Library, at 210 Prairie Park St. SE, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. People can call 360-458-3374 for more information.
The Rainier Senior Center, at 108 Michigan St. S., will be open as needed throughout the week. For more information, call 360-446-2258.
The Tenino Timberland Library at 172 Central Ave. W. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To learn more, call 360-539-3329.
South Sound cooling centers set to open as region prepares for soaring temperatures
The warmest temperatures of the year are about to arrive in South Sound, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. Cooling centers will open in Tacoma and in Lacey as a result to help area residents beat the heat. It all begins Monday, when high temperatures will first hit the 90s in Olympia, said meteorologist Jacob Deflitch. Temperatures will begin to ramp up quickly, peak about mid week then ease off a bit going into the weekend.
The city of Lacey, in partnership with Senior Services for South Sound, will open a cooling center targeted for seniors from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Virgil S. Clarkson Senior Center, 6757 Pacific Ave. SE. The city reminds residents that space is limited, and to bring their own water and snacks. Pets, such as cats and dogs are allowed, if carried in a crate.
Other tips to stay cool:
▪ Stay in the shade.
▪ Drink water (people and pets).
▪ Plan trips to places with air conditioning, including libraries and grocery stores.
▪ Keep the house cool. Shut windows and blinds during the day, and open windows and use fans to cool the house once the temperature outside cools.
The Pacific Northwest will continue to see extreme temperatures above 90 for much of the week.
From NBC News:
Dangerous and prolonged heat also begins in the Pacific Northwest, as excessive heat warnings in parts of the region remain in effect through Thursday and Friday. Seattle is forecast to have four straight days of highs in the 90s from Tuesday through Friday, and the Portland, Oregon, area is expecting highs to top out in the low 100s Tuesday.
The hottest temperatures will be across interior portions of Washington state, forecast to climb as high as 115. Heat alerts currently stretch from Northern California up to the Canadian border.
While this heat event is not expected to be as intense as last summer’s deadly heat wave that impacted this region, meteorologists urged people to take alerts seriously.