PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland metro area is expecting to see record-setting temperatures during the first weekend of June, and several counties aren’t taking any chances with the potentially dangerous heat.
Cooling centers will be open in Clackamas and Multnomah Counties to offer relief to people looking to avoid the weather, especially the elderly and disabled, who are more sensitive to extreme heat.
Rose Festival CEO Jeff Curtis says organizers will be well prepared for the heat.
“We set up actual fillable water stations for our customers. If they have an empty bottle in their possession, they get free access to water without having to purchase bottled water here in the parks to keep hydrated,” Curtis said. “We also have these misters set up to get a nice cool breeze and then the event is set up with lots of tents and shaded areas as well.”
Organizers will also be handing out sunscreen on the water front.
The Starlight Parade and 5K are on June 4, and despite the evening start, it will still be warm during the race.
Health officials have lots of tips for staying safe, starting with drinking plenty of water. Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
If you’re going out in the heat, dress in loose, lightweight clothes and sunhats and wear sunscreen.
This is also the time of years it’s important not to leave anyone, person or animal, in a parked car.
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The best advice might be to just stay inside where there’s air conditioning. Avoid using appliances that create heat, like ovens and dishwashers.
County officials also ask people to check in with those who are at-risk at least twice a day.
There are also lots of places to beat the heat, including beaches and splash parks if you’re venturing outside.
Lakes and river beaches are popular spots to cool down on hot days, but water is unpredictable, so wear a life vest, or have one nearby if you’re in the water.
Also drink plenty of water or sports drinks and wear sunscreen.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said you should have a plan for calling 911 if necessary. Areas such as North Fork have limited cell reception, but there are 911 call boxes at the Elk Horn Fire Station and the Salmon Falls 911 call box is near the entrance to the popular swimming area.
Extreme heat can be dangerous for pets too. Along with not leaving pets in parked cars, remember that pavement gets hot and that can be painful for paws.
A good way to test if the ground is too hot for paws is to place your own bare foot or hand on the surface — if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Keep dogs on grassy areas and avoid areas that have been baking in the sun.