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Smoking hot temps settle over Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- A summer heat wave has arrived as high temperatures are forecasted through the next week.

Thursday is forecasted to be the hottest day with a high of 95. It should cool down slightly to 90 both Friday and Saturday and then heat back up to 95 on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to stay high at least through the 22nd. 

The 90 degree temperatures may even stick around through the middle of next week.

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers around the area either are open or will open soon. Clackamas County provided a list of cooliing centers for residents.

Multnomah County's cooling centers are currently closed, but they offered this advice database for help when it's hot. 

Tips to beat the heat (Courtesy: Clackamas County)

  • Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
  • Set your air conditioner. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.
  • Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.
  • Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.

Fire Alerts

A Fire Weather Watch begins Friday afternoon for the eastern gorge, lower Columbia basin and central Oregon.

Kids and Pets

Don't forget that the temperature inside cars can go up extremely fast. Don't leave children or pets in the car, even for a moment.

Thursday morning, Multnomah County Animal Control received complaints about two dogs left in a car. Officer Colleen Eder responded and found the owner giving ice water to the animals.

Eder educated the owner about the risks of leaving dogs in cars.

Yesterday, shoppers noticed a dog in a hot car at the Vancouver Walmart. Amber Thwaits spotted the dog and wasn't sure whether to break the window or call  police.

"It was hot in my car so I can't imagine what it was like for the dog," Thwaits said. "He was going from window to window where the cracks were and where the sunroof was a little bit open."

Police were called, but by the time officers arrived, the car was gone.

To break or not to break?

A new Oregon law allows you to break windows if you see a child or animal trapped in a car, but you must call 911 before you take action and stick around until police arrive.

In Washington, you can't break the windows but you are urged to call 911 so authorities can rescue the distressed animal or child. 

Tips for protecting your dog's paws when the ground is hot

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