First heat wave of 2017 settles on Oregon

Cooler than normal temps expected for Wednesday

Kids play in a water fountain in Beaverton, May 22, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been 267 days since the Portland area felt temps of 90 degrees or more. Looks like Monday will snap that string.

A mid-May heat wave is settling over Oregon for the next 2 days before more seasonal (and below-average) temps return briefly. Think of it this way: Really hot, hot, cool, about right, slightly above average.


But if you’re going outside in the heat, wear sunscreen.

Oregon has one of the highest rates of melanoma and skin cancers in the nation. OHSU lead melanoma researcher Dr. Sancy Leachman said early detection is everything.

“If you don’t catch it early it’s life threatening, and no matter what we try it may be too late,” Dr. Leachman said. She suggests people wear protective clothing, use sunscreen and avoid the warmest part of the day.

Cooling centers listed at the bottom of this article


If you want to beat the heat in a pool, you should be able to cool off. But be advised Portland has a lifeguard shortage, which may mean a longer wait to get into a pool. And if you want to be a lifeguard, Portland’s Parks & Rec is hiring.

But if you want to jump in a lake, well, officials want people to know it will still be a while before water temperatures warm up.

Experts say it all has to do with heavy snowpack this year.

Colder-than-usual temperatures and an extremely active winter kept the mountain snowy, but now that it’s getting warmer, that snowpack will melt into local waterways. Keep that in mind before you think about diving into the water on a hot day.

“Just because we have a hot spell, it hasn’t changed the environment in the water,” Lt. Marc Shrake with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. “This is not typical May, June, July weather when our temps are about 60 degrees. we are still closer to 50.”


Your pets aren’t immune to the hot temps, either.

“It’s important to realize how higher temperatures may affect pets,” Dr. Jessica Casey with DoveLewis Animal Hospital said in a press release. “Keeping pets cool is crucial to preventing heat stroke and exhaustion.”

Summer outlook

The National Weather Service’s summer outlook issued Thursday predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado.

Forecaster Stephen Baxter said it may not be as hot as recent summers because rain-soaked soil from a wet spring may keep the heat down

Cooling Centers in our area

Multnomah County Cooling Centers

Their tips for when it’s hot

These cooling centers are open between 5 and 8 p.m. Monday:

Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. in Portland
Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St. in Gresham
Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. in Portland

Clackamas Cooling Center Hours & Locations

Clackamas Service Center
8800 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97206
Open to the public during regular hours: Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; regular meals served at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Canby Adult Center
1250 S. Ivy St., Canby 97013
Open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today

Canby: Denny’s Restaurant
1369 SE 1st Ave., Canby 97013
Available for those needing to cool off for an hour or two, no obligation to buy, open 24/7.

Damascus Community Church
14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus 97089
Open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Estacada Community Center
200 SW Club House Drive, Estacada 97023
Open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today

Hoodland Public Library
24525 E. Welches Road, Welches 97067
Open to the public during regular hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Molalla Adult Community Center
315 Kennel Street, Molalla 97038
Open to the public during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandy City Hall
39250 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy 97055
Open to the public during regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sandy Public Library
38980 Proctor Boulevard, Sandy 97055
Open to the public during regular hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sandy Senior Center
38348 Pioneer Boulevard, Sandy 97055
Open to the public regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wilsonville Brookdale Senior Community
8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville 97070
The Fireside Room is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today

Washington County cooling center

Their website list of places to go and things to do