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With temperatures forecasted to reach the upper 90s Thursday and Friday, city libraries are open to the public.

Hot weather has returned, and with it comes the need for people in the Forest Grove area to seek shelter from the elements. Due to such, the City of Forest Grove and the City of Cornelius are opening cooling centers at the local libraries for all community members as temperatures are forecasted to exceed 90 degrees July 29 through July 30. Pets are not permitted at this time.

The Forest Grove Library at 2114 Pacific Avenue will extend operating hours both Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Cornelius Library at 1370 North Adair Street will extend its hours both Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States. The cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius offered these tips for staying safe during the excessive heat:

• Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, and avoid alcoholic beverages.

• Slow down and reduce strenuous activities, especially outdoors.

• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing.

• Spend time in cool, air-conditioned spaces.

• Take a cool bath or shower.

Additionally, they wanted to remind concerned parties to check-in regularly with elderly neighbors and relatives. If you or someone you know is experiencing any heat-related symptoms, get help right away.

For more information on the area cooling centers, you can contact the Forest Grove City Library at 503-992-3247 or the Cornelius Public Library at 503-357-4093.


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