Cancellation of today's Forest Grove Farmers Market is just one more sign of the Portland area's heat crisis.
As temperatures near all-time record highs — Wednesday and Thursday have been forecast to reach anywhere from 104 to 108 degrees — western Washington County offers several official cooling stations to keep residents safe from the heat.
Sonrise Forest Grove church, 2811 19th Ave. (in the parking lot behind Dollar Tree), will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Air conditioning, snacks, water, games, movies, and nap mats will be available.
And both the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave., and Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow St., will provide cooler temperatures for heat refugees during open hours, which start at 10 a.m., with varying closing times.
In Hillsboro, the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center lobby, 935 S.E. Maple St., the Hillsboro Community Senior Center, 750 S. E. 8th Ave., and both branches of the Hillsboro Library will also serve as cooling centers.
Hillsboro also has several large water-play fountains, including one at Civic Center plaza.
For a small entry fee, the Forest Grove Aquatic Center, 2300 Sunset Dr., offers an outdoor spray park and Hagg Lake offers cool water but in light of various drownings (including one on Sunday), visitors should take care and use the free life jackets.