On Thursday morning, Multnomah County announced additional cooling options beginning Friday and extending at least to Monday, June 28, as Portlanders brace for this weekend’s historic heat wave, which might climb as high as 110 degrees.
Five county library branches agreed to extend their hours from noon to 8 pm beginning Friday so residents can stay cool during the day. Those locations include Capitol Hill, Gresham, Kenton, Holgate and Midland libraries.
In addition, three cooling centers will now be open 24 hours a day beginning Friday at 1 pm: the Oregon Convention Center, Arbor Lodge Shelter and Sunrise Center.
The cooling centers will be available for people and their pets, the county says. The county encourages pet owners arriving to cooling shelters to bring supplies like food, water bowls, toys and waste bags. Multnomah County Animal Services says it can provide some supplies such as crates, litter boxes and bedding.
During the heat wave, the county says, TriMet will not enforce fares for passengers headed to cooling shelters. People seeking transport to cooling shelters can also dial 211.
A full list of cooling locations and libraries can be found here.