Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Check on your people


Hey Seattle! We have some intense heat headed our way this weekend! The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted an Excessive Heat Warning with record-breaking temperatures from Friday, June 25 through Tuesday, June 29. Temperatures across Seattle metro area are forecast to reach mid 100’s by Monday.

The NWS and Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued guidance regarding how to stay cool and safe. Including a reminder to stay hydrated and to keep children safe. Never leave infants or children in vehicles unattended – even with the windows rolled down. Also, protect pets who are especially vulnerable in high heat by following the Seattle Animal Shelter guidance.

In addition to cooling guidance, our city government is opening a series of three dozen cooling centers with varying hours and reopening most of our pools, wading pools, beaches, and spray parks. You can visit seattle.gov for more information or find much of the information below.

The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor weather forecasts and coordinates any City-wide preparation needed to manage the consequences from excessive heat and high temperatures.

STAY SAFE AND LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER! ❤️❤️❤️

Cooling Centers at our Community Centers, Senior Centers, and Libraries

While community centers and senior centers have been closed throughout the pandemic, Seattle is reopening these locations as cooling centers for community members.

COMMUNITY CENTERS

International District/Chinatown Community Center

  • Sunday and Monday 2pm-8pm

Northgate Community Center

  • Saturday and Sunday 2pm-8pm

Rainier Beach Community Center

  • Saturday and Sunday 2pm-8pm

SENIOR CENTERS

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St,

  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

  • Phone: 206-297-0875

Pike Market Senior Center, 85 Pike St, Suite 200

  • Hours: 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m., 7 days-a-week

  • Phone: 206-728-2773

Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St

  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

  • Phone: 206-932-4044

Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly St

  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

  • Phone: 206-722-0317

Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave S

  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

  • Phone: 206-726-4926

Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 140

  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

  • Phone: 206-461-7825

LIBRARIES

The following libraries offer air-conditioned public space and can be used as a place to cool off when outdoor temperatures are high. The Central Library and several neighborhood branches are reopening this week during peak hours. Masks are still required regardless of vaccination status, and physical distancing remains in place. Please be sure to check Library hours online at SPL.org, or by calling our Ask Us line at 206-386-4636, before visiting.

Ballard Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Beacon Hill Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Broadview Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Central Library

  • Status: Reopening Levels 1, 3 and 5 on Tuesday, June 22,

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Delridge Branch

  • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Douglass-Truth Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Greenwood Branch

  • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

High Point Branch

  • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

International District/Chinatown Branch

  • Status: Reopening Sunday, June 27

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

Lake City Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Magnolia Branch

  • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

Rainier Beach Branch

  • Status: Reopened

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

South Park Branch

  • Status: Reopening Thursday, June 24

  • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Pools and Water Areas with Seattle Parks and Recreation


Wading pools will be open to the public on the schedule below and spray parks will be open to the public on Saturday, June 26.

Wading pools (starting Saturday, June 26, noon-7pm unless otherwise listed)

  • Volunteer, 1400 E Galer St, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues

  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

  • Powell Barnett, 352 Martin Luther King Way, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

  • Dahl, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues

  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues

  • Bitter Lake 13035 Linden Ave. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

  • Green Lake (opens 7/2), N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW, (12pm to 5:30pm), Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues

  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues

  • Lincoln, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

Spray Parks (starting Saturday, June 26, 11am-8pm everyday)

  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S

  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S

  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.

  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.

  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale

  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N

  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E

  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE

  • Yesler Terrace Park , 917 Yesler Way

Lifeguarded Beaches (starting Saturday, June 26, noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays):

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE through September 5

  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E through September 5

  • Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5

  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5

  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr. through September 5

  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE through August 28

  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd. through August 28

  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th S through August 28

Outdoor Pools

  • “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd W, daily, 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., visit here for public swim times.

  • Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., visit here for public swim times.

Help For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

The City is opening an emergency overnight shelter, in addition to extending the hours of some of the day and hygiene centers.

The Human Services Department (HSD) announced an emergency 24-hour emergency cooling shelter at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (305 Harrison St) to provide relief from the elements. This is in addition to the current shelter open at Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. This emergency shelter will operate from the morning of Saturday, June 26, through the morning of Tuesday, June 29. The shelter will be operated by the Salvation Army.

To support those living unsheltered in this excessive heat, the HOPE Team, in partnership with outreach providers, will be conducting welfare checks, handing out water and basic needs supplies, and providing other supports, including transportation to cooling centers and shelter. The City does have some limited availability of 24/7 enhanced shelter, tiny homes, and other shelter spaces. 

Day Centers for People Experiencing Homelessness

  • Lake City Community Center, 15321 28th Ave NE, has been serving as a day center, will be open this weekend and Seattle Parks and Recreation has arranged for evaporative cooling at that location. Extended hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday

  • Community Drop-In Center (Seattle Indian Center), 1265 S Main St suite 105, Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday – Friday

  • God's Lil Acre, 12521 33rd Ave NE, Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday

  • Immanuel Community Services, 1215 Thomas St, Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Monday – Friday

  • The Salvation Army Jefferson Day Center, 4th Ave & Jefferson Street, Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 7 days-a-week

  • Peter's Place/Compass Hygiene Center, 77 S Washington St, Hours: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday

  • Urban Rest Stop – Ballard, 2014-B NW 57th St, Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Monday – Friday

  • Urban Rest Stop -Downtown, 1924 Ninth Avenue, Hours: 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Mon. – Fri./ 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat. -Sun.

  • Women's Day Center, 1830 9th Ave, Hours: 7am -3:30pm; Monday – Friday/ 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday

Beat the Heat at Pacific Place This Weekend

During extreme heat events, local malls (Pacific Place and Northgate Station in Seattle) and movie theaters provide good places to cool off and get access to air conditioning. Understanding that many residents and visitors will likely be downtown or on the waterfront over the weekend, the City of Seattle has partnered with Pacific Place to provide promotions to residents who stop by to cool off and access the air conditioning through Monday, June 28. These promotions are entirely optional; cooling off at Pacific Place is available regardless of participation in the below promotions.

Through Monday, all those who visit Pacific Place will have access to the following promotions:

  • AMC: Unlimited popcorn refills through Wednesday, June 30

  • AT&T: Buy two accessories, get one free

  • Aveda: Free liter of hand and body wash with $125 purchase through Sunday, June 27

  • Bezel & Kiln: Free gift with $50 purchase

  • Ghost Gallery: 10% off all purchases

  • The Handmade Showroom: Free gift with $20 purchase

  • Pike Place Chowder: 10% off chilled gazpacho

We encourage all those who are interested to beat the heat and head down to Pacific Place this weekend!

Additional Heat Safety Information

  • Heat Safety Tips from the Seattle Fire Department: https://fireline.seattle.gov/2017/05/26/enjoy-the-heat-safely-2/

  • Heat Safety Tips from Public Health – Seattle & King County: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/hot-weather.aspx

  • King County Cooling Centers: https://kcemergency.com/2021/06/24/cooling-centers-in-king-county/