SLIDESHOW: COOL IT!
When temperatures in the Portland metro area climb into the upper 90s, you can pretty much count on three things: heat advisories will be issued, cooling centers will be opened and Lake Oswegans will flock to the water.
All three of those things happened over the weekend and into the early part of this week, when some areas saw triple-digit temperatures during the day and evenings that remained uncomfortably warm.
Officially, the National Weather Service's heat advisory only lasted until Monday night, but real relief from five straight days of near-record roasting wasn't expected to arrive until Wednesday at the earliest — and then last only a few days before Round Two.
After taking a midweek break, forecasters said, temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90s as soon as Sunday.
In response, Clackamas County reminded residents that official centers do exist for folks who don't have access to cool places where they can avoid the heat and relax. Two of those refuges are in Lake Oswego: the Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.; 503-635-3758), which is open until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. on Friday; and the library (706 Fourth St.; 503-636-7628), which is open until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
In addition, county officials urged anyone who planned to be outdoors during the heat wave to take precautions and protect themselves and others from sun exposure and heat. Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County's health officer, said it's important for people to know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
"Dizziness, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all signs that help should be sought immediately," she said.
None of that seemed to be a problem at Lake Oswego's popular downtown fountains, in the river at George Rogers Park or in the swim park on Oswego Lake, though. All three spots drew big crowds in search of cool water, and Cindy Meyers said she and her young sons found exactly what they were looking for.
"I think we'll just stay here all day," she said on Monday. "Well, maybe we'll go get some ice cream. But then we're coming back."
KEEP YOUR COOL
Clackamas County officials have a list of tips for beating the heat. Find them online at tinyurl.com/KeepCoolLO.