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City of Seattle Highlights Cooling Centers and Pools Open During Forecasted Extreme Heat


Seattle (August 10, 2021) – The National Weather Service has issued an Extreme Heat Watch for Seattle due to forecasted high temperatures above 90 degrees. The warming trend will begin Wednesday and continue through Saturday.

The City of Seattle is working together with our regional partners to prepare for these extreme temperatures including monitoring critical infrastructure like power systems, water systems, roadways, and bridges. In addition, the City of Seattle is monitoring the potential for moderate to unhealthy air quality levels on Wednesday to Saturday.

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. You can find a map of locations here.

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 9:00 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.

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers are open across the city at libraries, recreation centers, and other facilities. City-affiliated sites are listed below. Anyone visiting a cooling center should 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.

Libraries

Non-air conditioned libraries may close early if sustained interior temperatures reach 80 degrees or more. Visit the location page of any library on SPL.org to view a map that shows nearby transit stops, parks, and more.

Air conditioned Seattle libraries open on Wednesday, August 11

Open hours for these locations are from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

  • Central Library, Levels 1, 3 & 5 (1000 Fourth Ave)

  • Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave. NW)

  • Beacon Hill Branch (2821 Beacon Ave. S.)

  • Broadview Branch (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.)

  • Delridge Branch (5423 Delridge Way SW)

  • Douglass-Truth Branch (2300 E. Yesler Way)

  • Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.)

  • High Point Branch (3411 S.W. Raymond St.)

  • Lake City Branch (12501 28th Ave. NE)

  • Magnolia Branch (2801 34th Ave. W.)

  • Rainier Beach Branch (9125 Rainier Ave. S.)

Air conditioned Seattle libraries open on Thursday, August 12

Open hours for these locations are from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

  • Central Library, Levels 1, 3 & 5 (1000 Fourth Ave)

  • Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave. NW)

  • Beacon Hill Branch (2821 Beacon Ave. S.)

  • Broadview Branch (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.)

  • Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave. E.)

  • Douglass-Truth Branch (2300 E. Yesler Way)

  • Lake City Branch (12501 28th Ave. NE)

  • Northgate Branch (10548 Fifth Ave. NE)

  • South Park Branch (8604 Eighth Ave. S.)

Air conditioned Seattle libraries open on Friday, August 13

Open hours for these locations are from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

  • Central Library, Levels 1, 3 & 5 (1000 Fourth Ave.)