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UPDATE: Cooling centers will be open 24 hours; TriMet won't turn riders away for non-payment amid dangerous heat wave

PMG FILE PHOTO - All indoor and outdoor pools in Portland opened Tuesday, June 22, just in time for a dangerous heat wave hitting the region.Updated: June 24 Portland-area agencies are warning of dangerously high weekend temperatures and "significant fire potential" for the June 25 weekend.

Friday's high in Portland is 94 degrees, with a low of 69, but temperatures could climb to 107 on Saturday, June 26 and 111 on Sunday. Monday's high is 106 degrees. Similar temperatures are predicted for Clackamas County and Washington County.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that weekend high temperatures will run 20 to 30 degrees above normal for late June, which could break records and put northwest Oregonians at an increased risk of heat-related illness.

"The high daytime temperatures, combined with warm overnight lows, will result in high heat risk and heat related stress," a heat advisory from NWS states. "Daily high temperature records will likely be broken. There is a chance to break the all time June high temperature records for a few locations."

The CDC reports more than 700 people die each year from extreme heat, with people age 65 and older at increased risk of heat-related illness or death.

What to do:

•Limit outdoor activities

•Never leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

•Pavement and asphalt may be dangerous to dogs' paws. Limit walks and exercise to morning or evening hours.

•Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to hydrate.

•Stay in air-conditioned buildings if possible and don't rely on fans as your only cooling device in extreme heat.

•Avoid using the stove or oven to cook — it will make you and your house hotter.

Multnomah County announced three cooling centers will open over the weekend, to provide homeless and vulnerable populations repreive from the heat.

The cooling centers, located at the Oregon Convention Center, Sunrise Center in Gresham and Arbor Lodge in North Portland, will stay open 24 hours a day starting Friday, June 25 and stay open at least through Monday.

In an effort to make sure people can get to the centers or other areas to stay out of the heat, TriMet announced it won't turn anyone away for lack of payment, if they need a place to go.

Multnomah County libraries that are open will have extended hours through the weekend, a county spokesperson said Thursday.

The centers are at the following locations:

Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Sunrise Center: 18901 E Burnside St.

Arbor Lodge: 1952 N. Lombard St.

With the extreme heat comes increased fire danger. A burn ban remains in effect for Multnomah County, west of the Sandy River.

"Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, residents should exercise extreme caution," Portland Fire & Rescue announced Tuesday. "When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc. Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles."

The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice.

All seven of Portland's public outdoor pools and four indoor pools opened Tuesday. For more information and a list of locations, visit the city's webpage

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