Lake Oswego cooling centers open on another hot, smoky day
Here we go again!
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Portland metro area through 8 o'clock Monday night, with temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s. Not only that, but smoke from Oregon wildfires is expected to drift across the region, making breathing more difficult.
In response, Clackamas County has opened centers for residents who don't have access to cool places where they can avoid the heat and relax. Two of those centers are in Lake Oswego:
• Lake Oswego Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.; 503-635-3758): The ACC will be open until 7 p.m. Monday.
• Lake Oswego Public Library (706 Fourth St.; 503-636-7628): The library will be open until 9 p.m.
In addition, the county officials are urging anyone who plans to be outdoors Monday to take precautions and protect themselves and others from sun exposure and the heat. Tips include:
• Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
• Set your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.
• Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.
• Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.
• Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.
For what it's worth, temperatures are expected to drop back into the upper 80s or lower 90s by Tuesday and stay there through the end of the week.
— The Review