Hot stuff! Water beckons as El sol cranks up the heat
To quote Captain Obvious: It's hot.
It's so hot that water — rivers, splash pads, swimming pools — beckons just about everyone.
According to the National Weather Service, the Northwest is stuck in a thermal trough, that could keep us hot hot hot through early next week. The trough brought Thursday's temperatures in Portland to about 97 degrees. Outside the region, temperatures varied a little, from the mid to upper 90s.
There might be a slight break in the really high temperatures Friday, July 13, when a "weak shortwave" drags cooler air into the region, holding temps down around 90 for a day or two. Then, of course, things heat right back up again on Sunday, July 15, when temperatures are expected to climb back in the low to mid 90s, according to the weather service.
People who want to cool off can jump into Portland Parks & Recreation's splash pads, fountains, pools and Poet's Beach on the Willamette River.
Here's a list of the city's splashable water features:
• Bill Naito Legacy Fountain at Waterfront Park, at Southwest Ankeny near the Burnside Bridge
• Teachers Fountain at Director Park, 815 S.W. Park Ave.
• Holladay Park, Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay Street
• Grant Park, Northeast 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place
• Jamison Square, 810 N.W. 11th Ave.
• McCoy Park, North Trenton Street and Newman Avenue
• Salmon Springs Fountain at Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway at Southwest Salmon Street
Splash pads are open daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Colonel Summer Park, Southeast 17th Avenue and Taylor Street
• Columbia Park and Annex, North Lombard Street and Woolsey Avenue
• Dawson Park, east of Southeast 107th Avenue and Francis Street
• Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 S.W. Moody Ave.
• Essex Park, Southeast 79th Avenue and Center Street
• Farragut Park, North Kerby Avenue and Farragut Street
• Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street
• Kenton Park, 8417 N. Brandon Ave.
• Khunamokwst Park, 5200 N.E. Alberta St.
• Luuwit View Park, Northeast 127th Avenue and Fremont Street
• Northgate Park, North Geneva Avenue and Fessenden Street
• Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way
• Pier Park, North Lombard Street and Bruce Avenue
• Raymond Park, Southeast 118th Avenue and Raymond Street
• Spring Garden Park, 3332 S.W. Spring Garden St.
• Woodlawn Park, Northeast 13th Avenue and Dekum Street
Poet's Beach, the city of Portland's Willamette River swimming beach, is open until Aug. 26. It is on the west side of the Willamette River, just north of the Marquam Bridge. The beach is open 5 a.m. to midnight.
Outdoor Pools (open through the end of August – dates vary by pool)
• Creston Pool, 4454 S.E. Powell Blvd, 503-823-3672
• Grant Pool, 2300 N.E. 33rd Ave., 503-823-3674
• Montavilla Pool, 8219 N.E. Glisan St., 503-823-3675
• Peninsula Pool, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, 503-823-3677
• Pier Pool, 9341 N. St. Johns Ave., 503-823-3678
• Sellwood Pool, 7951 S.E. Seventh Ave., 503-823-3679
• Wilson Pool, 1151 S.W. Vermont Ave., 503-823-3680
Indoor Pools (open year-round)
• Columbia Pool, 7701 N. Chautauqua Blvd., 503-823-3669
• East Portland Pool, 740 S.E. 106th Ave., 503-823-3450
• Matt Dishman Pool, 77 N.E. Knott St., 503-823-3673
• Mt. Scott Pool, 5530 S.E. 72nd Ave., 503-823-3183
• Southwest Pool, 6820 S.W. 45th Ave., 503-823-2840