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City of Seattle
Mike McGinn (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: City of Seattle responds to heat wave
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/16/2012  2:55:00 PM
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City of Seattle responds to heat wave
Actions include directing public to City facilities with air conditioning

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and most of the Puget Sound region from noon today until 11 PM Friday evening. High temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to remain above 90 degrees for much of that time. NWS is predicting that today and tomorrow will be among the hottest days of the year. Warm weather is forecast through the weekend. Residents are encouraged to stay in a cool area, remain well hydrated and visit places with air conditioning if necessary.

"During this heat wave it's important to stay cool and safe," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "Use caution if you are spending time outside, and please take a moment to check on vulnerable friends and neighbors."

Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases face the highest risk for heat-related illness, although anyone can be affected. Animals are also vulnerable.

Seattle Police Department officers and human service organizations are handing out water to vulnerable populations today and tomorrow.

The City of Seattle encourages individuals that are in need of a break from the heat to consider visiting one of the many public facilities equipped with air conditioning. These facilities include the following:

Facility

Address

Hours

Seattle Center Armory

305 Harrison St

7 AM - 9 PM Thu, 7 AM - 10 PM Fri

Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Ballard Library

5614 22nd Ave NW

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Beacon Hill Library

2821 Beacon Ave S

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Broadview Library

12755 Greenwood Ave N

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Capitol Hill Library

425 Harvard Ave E

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Delridge Library

5423 Delridge Way SW

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Douglass-Truth Library

2300 E Yesler Way

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Greenwood Library

8016 Greenwood Ave N

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

High Point Library

3411 SW Raymond St

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

International District/Chinatown Library

713 Eighth Ave S

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Lake City Library

12501 28th Ave NE

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

Magnolia Library

2801 34th Ave W

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Montlake Library

2401 24th Ave E

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

New Holly Library

7058 32nd Ave S

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Northgate Library

10548 Fifth Ave NE

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Rainier Beach Library

9125 Rainier Ave S

10 AM - 8 PM Thu, 10 AM - 6 PM Fri

South Park Library

8604 Eighth Ave S

11 AM - 6 PM Thu, Closed Fri

Greenwood Senior Center

525 North 85th Street

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Thu & Fri

Pike Market Senior Center

85 Pike Street, #200

8 AM - 4 PM Thu & Fri

South East Senior Center

4655 South Holly Street

8:30 AM - 4 PM Thu & Fri

West Seattle Senior Center

4217 SW Oregon Street

8 AM - 5 PM Thu & Fri

In addition, Seattle Parks and Recreation is operating wading pools, outdoor pools, beaches, and the public fountains at Seattle Center. Most Seattle parks also have drinking fountains to help the public stay hydrated.

High temperatures have also brought increased fire danger. The Seattle Fire Department asked residents to be careful with open flames and to be mindful of burn bans and fire restrictions at state lands and parks. Residents should call 911 immediately if they spot any fires.

More information about summer fire safety can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/brochures/Summer%20Safety.pdf.

Online heat resources:

All Mayor's Office press conferences, town halls and general public meetings are archived by Seattle Channel. Many town halls and press conferences are also broadcast live to the web. Sign up for The Reader, our office newsletter, at our website. And learn more about your neighbors and the mayor’s activities on our blog.

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