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Summer is here: Here’s where to go to escape the heat

Temperatures could rise dangerously high this weekend. Health officials urge those most vulnerable to find a safe place to go and limit activities that could put them at risk of heat stroke.
Oregon Health Authority
Temperatures could rise dangerously high this weekend. Health officials urge those most vulnerable to find a safe place to go and limit activities that could put them at risk of heat stroke.

While an Excessive Heat Warning expired Tuesday evening, highs are expected to remain above normal for at least another week for much of the Willamette Valley.

High temperatures are dangerous to anyone outside and people or animals who don’t have access to air conditioning. Young children, older adults or those with chronic conditions are at especially high risk.

Information about cooling centers in Oregon is available at the 211.org website.

Lane County

A complete list of cooling options is available on Lane County’s cooling resources website.

Benton County

In Benton County, cooling centers are available in Corvallis, Alsea, Monroe and Philomath.

Linn County

In Linn County, cooling centers are available in Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home. Hours and locations are available on the Linn County website.

Deschutes County

In Deschutes County, cooling centers—which double as "clean air centers" during times of heavy wildfire smoke—are available in Bend, Redmond, Sisters and La Pine. A list is available on the Deschutes County website.

Douglas County

Douglas County does not maintain a list of cooling centers on its website. On its Facebook page, the City of Roseburg recommends that people trying to escape the triple digit heat visit the Fir Grove Park splash pad. The 211.org website lists cooling centers that may be open in Sutherlin, Drain, Elkton and Canyonville. However, some of the locations listed have very limited hours.

Lincoln County

Lincoln County does not maintain a list of cooling centers on its website, but the county says residents can dial 211 for information about where to seek relief from the heat. The current heat wave has largely not affected coastal areas of Oregon.

Rebecca Hansen-White joined the KLCC News Department in November, 2023. Her journalism career has included stops at Spokane Public Radio, The Spokesman-Review, and The Columbia Basin Herald.
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