Beaverton, Hillsboro to open cooling centers at libraries Sunday
With yet another day of extreme heat in the forecast for this weekend, the Beaverton City Library is preparing to open an after-hours cooling center on Sunday evening, Aug. 7.
Daytime high temperatures Sunday will reach close to 100 degrees, according to weather forecasters. That heat comes after last week's heat wave, which brought temperatures in the mid- to high 90s and low 100s to western Oregon for several days in a row.
In response, a Beaverton spokesperson said the city will activate its cooling center from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The air-conditioned library lobby will remain open after the library closes Sunday. Anyone trying to stay out of the heat can stay as late as 9 p.m., by which time the heat of the day should be fading.
Both the Beaverton Main Library at 12375 S.W. Fifth St. and the Murray Scholls Branch Library at 11200 S.W. Murray Scholls Place are designated as cooling centers during the day. The Fifth Street location is the one that will keep its lobby open until 9 p.m. Sunday.
Cooling centers are available free of charge. Patrons can also use the library's wireless internet, power outlets, drinking fountains and other amenities.
Hillsboro has also announced four cooling centers in response to the Sunday heat. They are at the Brookwood Library, located at 2859 NE Brookwood Pkwy., the Shute Park Library at 775 S.E. 10th Ave., the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center right next door to the library, and the Hidden Creek Community Center at 5100 N.E. Hidden Creek Dr.
Water dispensers will also be up in downtown Hillsboro at Second Avenue and Main Street, as well as at Shute Park. A third can be found next to the Winco near Dairy Creek Park.
The Beaverton City Park fountain will also be active throughout the day Sunday, providing another means of cooling off.
Beaverton police will be on hand to perform welfare checks on anyone who may be struggling to cope with the heat. Call the police non-emergency line at 503-629-0111 to request a welfare check if you see someone having a difficult time.
If you believe someone's life is in danger, call 911.
More information and resources are available on the city website.
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