Sunday marks a year when Portland and much of Oregon are locked into a record-breaking “heat dome”. On June 26, 2021, temperatures reached 108 degrees in Portland, breaking the record with high temperatures, which would look strange just a day later.
June 26, 2022, also known as Sunday, is unlikely to break any records, but the maximum is likely to reach 100 degrees, according to Colby Newman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.
“Our best statistical model says the odds of hitting 100 are about 25%,” Newman said.
And, even if it doesn’t hit 100, most are expected to be between 95 and 100 degrees. So: hot.
It’s time to start thinking about how to be cool.
Here are six things to remember as we prepare for the hottest days of the year in Portland.
Keep your body cool.
We learned last year how intense heat can be dangerous. So stay indoors and close the windows in the hottest parts of the day and pull out the blinds. Find a basement or space with an air conditioner. Take a cold bath or shower.
Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
If you can’t find a better place to stay, go to the cooling center.
Cooling centers are local government open spaces where any resident can go and cool off. Here you can find information on Washington County Cooling Centers. If you are in Clackamas County, here is the list for you.
Currently, Multnomah County does not open any cooling shelters.
“At present we do not plan to open any formal cooling stations but that could change as the forecast changes,” said county spokeswoman Kate Yeser. “So stay tuned.”
If you can’t find an official cooling center, go to your local library or mall or catch a movie. According to meteorologist Newman, the hottest part of the day is usually between 4 and 6pm, so plan accordingly.
Plan to keep pets cool.
You can’t tell when pets are in trouble, so make sure you are aware of their needs in the heat. Give them extra water and put them in the house. Washington County has more information here.
If you are jumping in a lake or river, be aware of the risks and stay safe.
If you plan to cool off in one of Oregon’s lakes or rivers, be careful. They are colder and deeper than they appear, and probably much faster. Wear personal floating equipment and never swim alone.
Be more careful with children.
“Drowning is the leading cause of death for 1 to 4-year-olds,” said Dr. Ophthalmologist Dr. OHSU Dornbacher. Ben Hoffman and medical director of the OHSU Dornbacher Tom Sargent Safety Center said during the heat dome.
Stay close to children in the water and make sure they are wearing personal sailing equipment if they are in a lake or river. Choose adults to keep an eye on children (even those who can swim) who don’t read or play on their phones.
– Lizzie Acker