Multnomah County has opened another three cooling shelters across the region, bringing the total of relief stations to six as triple-digit temperatures descend on Portland.
The record heat forecast for this week so far hasn't occurred, in part because haze from wildfires in British Columbia has kept the temperature down a degree or two. The National Weather Service says the haze is unlikely to have much effect on the highs, but could keep Portland from setting records.
The new cooling-shelter locations include the downtown Portland Building next to City Hall—which was also used as a warming shelter during Portland's January freeze.
The county is also offering free transportation to its cooling centers. A ride is available by calling 503-226-0700.
Here are the locations open today.
- Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland (Hours: Weekdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Weekends, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. 8th St., Gresham (Hours: Weekdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Weekends, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland (Hours: Weekdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Weekends, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; *CLOSED Saturday)
- Multnomah County Mead Building, 421 SW 5th Ave., Portland (Hours: Weekdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Elm Court Center, 1032 SW Main St., Portland (Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
- Portland Building (in partnership with the City of Portland), 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland (Hours: Thursday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Portland Parks & Recreation is also offering relief. This morning, the parks bureau announced it's increasing its offerings of air-conditioned community centers and pools over the next few days, in an effort to give people places to go during the hottest afternoon hours.
Here is some of what the parks bureau suggests.
Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787). The MAC will be offering up its cooled down hallways from today till Friday from 9 am to 9:30 pm.
Poet's Beach (South Waterfront Park). Open till September, Mayor Ted Wheeler recently put lifeguards on this strip of riverside and now it's a beach!
Portland Parks and Recreation warns that due to the heat, there may be wait times at the pools. You can find more free outdoor places to cool off here.