PORTLAND — It won’t be as hot this week as expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s not hot enough. Forecasters predicted temperatures possibly reaching triple digits. With it reaching the 90′s for a few days, those who don’t have air conditioning need a place to cool off.
“Tuesday will be the hottest day of the week with mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid 90′s. Low 90′s will stick around on Wednesday before we move back into the 80′s on Thursday through the weekend,” said meteorologist Nick Allard.
Overnight temperatures will be a little easier to handle. Unlike the humid and mild of last week, it’s expected to be in the low 60′s or cooler at night.
Multnomah County is opening up cooling centers through Wednesday.
• NE Portland: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Avenue, (503) 288-8303, Hours: 8:30am-8pm
• Downtown Portland: Meals on Wheels People, Elm Court, 1032 SW Main Street, (503) 953-8204, Hours: 8:30am-8pm
• East County: Ambleside Meals on Wheels People, Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham, (503) 953-8201, Hours: 8am-8pm
• North Portland: Pioneer United Methodist Church, 7528 N. Charleston Avenue, Tuesday and Wednesday: 4pm–8pm
Battle Ground is also opening their community center at 912 E Main Street from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Heat waves kill more people than tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding combined. The National Weather Service says staying hydrated is key and avoid going too hard during the afternoon and early evening as that can really wipe you out. If you’re on the river, be even more cautious than normal as the water is still colder and running faster than expected. Also, never leave children or pets in the car.
While you might be cozy inside, some people have to work in the heat of the day. Let’s hope they have plenty of water to get through.