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City of Seattle Announces Cooling Centers and Resources Ahead of Heat Wave


Seattle

– The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Seattle this week due to forecasted high temperatures above 90 degrees. The warming trend will begin Tuesday and continue through Saturday. Extreme heat can cause illness and worsen existing health conditions.

“Seattle residents are experiencing the impacts of extreme heat and climate change, and as a City we need to respond by helping residents today and building a more sustainable and resilient tomorrow,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell. “In the immediate, that means ensuring safe places for people to go when it gets too hot and educating neighbors about best practices and available resources. We recognize the impacts of climate change and severe weather are not felt equally, which is why we must center equity and vulnerable neighbors in our response, now and in the long-term.”

The City of Seattle is working together with our regional partners to prepare for these extreme temperatures including monitoring critical infrastructure and air quality and providing resources to help keep residents cool. Cooling centers will be available across the city, and outreach teams are on the ground working with our most vulnerable residents to prevent heat illness in these extreme conditions.

Register with AlertSeattle to receive extreme heat alerts and information on how to protect yourself and your family.

“Extreme heat is a deadly hazard we will see more of in Seattle as a result of climate change,” said Office of Emergency Management Director Curry Mayer. “We ask residents to take extreme heat seriously by understanding the danger and learning how to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors. We will continue to work with regional, state, and federal partners to keep residents safe during extreme heat events and mitigate the risk events in the future.”

Heat Safety

We encourage everyone in Seattle to take extreme heat seriously and act with caution this week. Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends taking simple steps to help prevent heat related illness and death.


  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty.

  • Keep your home cooler by shutting blinds or drawing curtains. Use fans or air-conditioners, if you have one.

  • Check on your neighbors, friends, and family in the area – particularly seniors and people with medical conditions – to ensure they are not suffering heat illness at home. Cooling centers are available.

  • Avoid outdoor activities if possible during the heat of the day, generally from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

  • Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Temperatures inside of cars can skyrocket to deadly levels quickly during extreme heat.

  • Use life jackets or other flotation devices on the water to prevent drowning.

  • The City’s Seattle Animal Shelter also reminds residents to protect their pets from the heat by never leaving them unattended in the sunlight, keeping ventilation and water flowing for them, avoid overexerting them, and never leave them unattended in a vehicle. For a full list of pet safety tips, please visit the shelter’s website.


Cooling Centers

Cooling centers are open across the city at libraries, community centers, and other facilities. City-affiliated sites are listed below. Anyone visiting a cooling center is encouraged wear a mask and maintain distance from people from outside your household to prevent the spread of COVID. Many local businesses also offer air-conditioned spaces.

Community Centers

Four Seattle Community Centers have air conditioning and will be open to serve as cooling centers beginning July 26th through at least July 28th from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM each day.


  • Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

  • International District Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

  • Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

  • Magnuson Park, Building. #406, 6344 NE 74th ST Seattle, WA 98115


Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a variety of pools, spray parks, wading pools, lifeguarded beaches, and other recreational sites. For a full listing of these sites and their hours of operation, visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.

Senior Centers

Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability. All sites listed below have air conditioning.


  • Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave S, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM; 206-726-4926 (temperature checks, masking, and physical distancing protocols are in effect)

  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM – 7 PM and Friday 9:30 AM – 6 PM; 206-297-0875 (masks are required indoors when not actively eating or drinking, well-behaved small dogs permitted)

  • Pike Market Senior Center, 85 Pike St, Suite 200, Monday – Friday, 8:20 AM – 4:00 PM; 206-728-2773 (masks and proof of vaccination required)

  • Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; 206-932-4044 (sign-in and masks required)

  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly St, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; 206-722-0317 (masks required in the building)