SEATTLE — The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Seattle and surrounding areas from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night.
The city of Seattle is providing information and public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.
The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.
- Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
- Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
- Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) – 206-684-4711
- Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-7519
- Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) – 206-684-4715
- Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) – 206-733-9125
- Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704
- Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
- High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) – 206-684-7454
- International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) – 206-386-1300
- Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) – 206-684-7518
- Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) – 206-684-4705
- Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
- NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) – 206-386-1905
- Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) – 206-386-1980
- Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) – 206-386-1906
- South Park (8604 8th Ave S) – 206-615-1688
- Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088
Seattle Center (View the campus map PDF at http://tribkcpq.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/sc_map_color_gates.pdf) – 206-684-7200
- Seattle Center Armory (Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
- International Fountain
- Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain)
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:
- Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
- International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
- Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
- Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
- Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
- The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
- South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
- Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
- The Central (500 30th Ave S)
- Asian Counseling and Referral Service Senior Center (3639 Martin Luther King Way S.)
- Sunshine Garden Chinese Senior Community Center (611 S. Lane St.) housed in the Chinese Information and Service Center.
Pools and Water Areas
Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):
- Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat
- Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun
Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):
- Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
- Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun
- Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs
- East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue
- E.C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri
- Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon
- South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Mon/Tue/Wed
- Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):
- Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
- Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
- Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th St., noon to 6:30 p.m.
- Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
- Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.
Daily Water Spray Parks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):
- Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
- Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
- John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
- Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
- Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
- Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
- Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
- Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E
- Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
- Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.
Lifeguarded Beaches (noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
- Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
- Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
- Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
- West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.
- East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
- Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
- Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
- Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S
- “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd Ave. W, daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., call 206-684-4708 for public swim times
- Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., call 206-684-7494 for public swim times
King County departments are taking action in preparation for the heat wave:
Public Health – Seattle & King County is sending heat alerts to more than 500 community-based organizations and community leaders that serve multi-cultural and vulnerable populations. The Health Care for the Homeless program is providing educational resources to local shelters.
- King County 2-1-1 will update its website throughout the weekend to help residents find the nearest cooling station.
- The King County Department of Community and Human Services is providing heat alert information to community human service providers. The Emergency Services Patrol will carry bottled water and will be especially vigilant for any signs of dehydration or heat-related illness among homeless persons as they drive their day and evening routes in Seattle.
- King County animal control officers will be out on regular patrols, and will respond to resident calls about animals in distress due to the heat. Call 9-1-1 or 206-296-PETS (7387) if you see a pet in a hot car, or an animal that lacks access to fresh water and shade. For more tips, visit the Summer Pet Safety Tips webpage.
The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as they can, stay hydrated, and to check on elderly neighbors during this time. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars unattended at all—temperatures can quickly become deadly.
Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in public buildings such as Pierce County libraries, local malls, movie theaters, and other large stores. Other facilities that are open include:
Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd.,8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
- Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lk Blvd, 8 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
- City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 East Main, 8 am – 3 pm Mon – Tues; 8 am – 1 pm Wed – Fri
- Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. Gig Harbor,9 am – 9 pm, Sat – Thurs (normal operating hours plus Fri, June 26)
- DuPont Fire Station 1780 Civic Drive, Noon – 10 pm when temps in 90’s
- Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E, 8:30 am – 6:30 pm Mon -Wed; 8:30 am – 5 pm Thurs – Fri
- Mountain View Community Center, 3607 122nd Ave E. Edgewood, 9 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri (Thur to 7pm), 9 am – noon Sat.
- South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, Puyallup,10 am – 9 pm Mon – Sat; 11 am – 6 pm Sun
- Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St., Spanaway, 6 am – 10 pm daily
- Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St, 9 am – 8 pm Mon – Thurs; 9 am – 5 pm Fri
The following locations allow domesticated pets to come in with their owners to get out of the heat. Pets need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners must provide water if they plan on being in the facility for long periods of time.
Petco: hours may vary store to store
- Petsmart: 9 am – 9 pm, Mon – Sat., 10-6 on Sun, all Petsmart stores in Pierce County
- VCA (Veterinary Centers of America): Pacific Animal Hospital Pac Ave, Pacific Ave. S.,
- Open 24 hrs/day