A number of overnight cooling shelters are opening across the Portland area this week, with temperatures expected to top out at around 100 degrees. While Portland hasn’t yet experienced conditions like the heat dome that swept across the city last summer, this week's prolonged heat wave could hit hard, especially for those who don’t have air conditioning. Starting Monday, transit agency TriMet says it will not be turning anyone away—regardless of whether they can afford to pay the fare— if they need a ride to a cooling shelter.
Here are cooling shelter locations that will open on Tuesday, July 26 in response to the heat wave.
Overnight shelters opening Tuesday at 2 pm:
- Charles Jordan Community Center: 9009 N. Foss Ave., Portland
- East Portland Community Center: 740 S.E. 106th Ave., Portland
- Portland Building: 1120 S.W. 5th Ave., Portland
- Sunrise Center: 18901 E. Burnside, Portland
Daytime cooling shelter opening Tuesday from 2 to 10 pm:
- Old Town: 435 N.W. Glisan St., Portland
Libraries that will be open until 9 pm:
- Central: 801 S.W. 10th Ave
- Gresham: 385 N.W. Miller Ave
- Holgate: 7905 S.E. Holgate Blvd
You can also check the Multnomah County Library site for locations that will be open until 8 pm.
Misting stations in Portland that will open beginning on Tuesday from noon to 8 pm:
- East Portland Community Center: 740 S.E. 106th Ave
- Glenhaven Park, near skate park: 7900 N.E. Siskiyou St
- Harney Park, near restroom: S.E. 67th Ave. and S.E. Harney Street
- Knott Park, west restroom: N.E. 112th Ave. and N.E. Russell Street
- Lents Park, at Walker Stadium: 4808 S.E. 92nd Ave
- Mt. Scott Community Center, near playgrounds: 5530 S.E. 72nd Ave
Lloyd Center will be also open as a cooling station from 10 am to 10 pm from Tuesday through Friday. Stores will be open from 11 am to 7 pm.
Here are some more safety tips for beating the heat:
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned place and drink plenty of fluids
- Avoid strenuous activity during peak daytime heat
- Never leave children or pets in the car
- Recognize signs of heat stroke: body temperature over 103 degrees, strong pulse, nausea and confusion