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The new Poet’s Beach on the Willamette River is open daily and a great way to cool off in the heat.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week it is predicted Portland will experience a major heatwave. Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits and remain high for several days.

Prepare yourself and family for the hot temperatures that are predicted. Check in on your neighbors and loved ones. Elderly persons, small children, and those with chronic health issues are particularly susceptible to heat reactions.

Multnomah County’s “help for when it’s hot” website provides guidance on how to take care of yourself and others during this heatwave and has a list of cooling centers, their amenities and operational hours (starting today, August 1).

211 Info provides up-to-date information on available relief centers, shelter and services, including transportation.

TRIMET service may be disrupted during this heat emergency. Prepare for delays. Carry water with you when you travel. Check the TRIMET website for scheduled disruptions and alerts at

There are spaces throughout the city that can provide relief in these extreme temperatures. Residents who do not have access to cool places are encouraged to visit the locations below to avoid the heat.


Cooling centers will open Tuesday, Aug. 1 and remain open through at least Monday, Aug. 7 at the locations listed below. All cooling centers will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Pets and children are welcome at these cooling center locations. Snacks and water are also available. Call Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services at 503-988-3646 for more information.

  • Multnomah County Walnut Park Building

5325 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

  • Hollywood Senior Center

820 N.E. 40th Ave., Portland

  • American Legion Post 134

2104 NE Alberta Street, Portland
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30am-7pm, Friday, 10:30am-5pm

Transportation to these cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged. All rides are free of charge.


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