With a heat advisory in effect Thursday through Saturday across much of Oregon, several communities in the greater Portland area have announced plans to open cooling centers.

In Multnomah County, five cooling centers will be open from noon to 9 p-m all three days of the forecast heat wave, including one at the Portland Building downtown. Fifteen county libraries will also serve as cooling centers. Three Portland parks will offer outdoor misting centers.

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Hillsboro is opening three cooling centers, offering two tap water dispensers, and has six “spraygrounds” available daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Online details are here.

Also in Washington County, the Tigard Senior Center will open as a cooling shelter from 12 to 8 p.m. through Saturday.

In Clackamas County, a number of libraries, churches and parks, as well as a Denny’s Restaurant, will offer places for people to cool off. Click here for details.

Across Oregon, people can call 211 for information about cooling centers in their communities.

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