Cooling centers in Auburn: Where to escape the heat this week

With temperatures expected to be in the 90s through Saturday, the city of Auburn will be operating a cooling center at the Senior Activity Center.

Anyone can go to the cooling center, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 13. The Senior Activity Center is at 808 9th St. SE in Les Gove Park.

When it comes to pets, only service animals will be allowed at the cooling center. If you need to find a cool place for your pet to stay during the heatwave, King County recommends taking your pet to a local Petco store.

In addition to the Senior Activity Center, King County lists The Outlet Collection as a cooling center, which is open daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends.

Friday, Aug. 13, is expected to be the hottest day this week with a high of nearly 100 degrees. Saturday’s high is expected to be 93 degrees. The highs aren’t expected to drop below 90 degrees until Sunday.

The high temperatures put people at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. Young children, people with chronic diseases and the elderly are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you can’t stay cool in your home, visiting a cooling center is recommended.

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