Where To Cool Down During “Hotpocalypse ’09”

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Somewhere, somebody cranked the master thermostat waaaay the flip up, with temps in the 80s Monday and predicted to hit a major, possible record-breaking high between 99 and 106(!) on Wednesday.

While the city of Burien doesn’t have an official “cooling center” (hey city, what gives?) there are numerous places around with air conditioning that you can take advantage of; here’s a list (more listed at the King County website):


  • King County Library branch on SW 152nd and 4th SW (as well as any KCLS branch in the area)
  • Any bar/restaurant/coffee shop that doesn’t have its windows open (your first clue to A/C use)
  • Stores – stay cool by going from store to store around town!
  • The myriad of beaches around town, especially Seahurst Park Beach


  • City Cooling Shelter at the Activity Center (Senior Center)
    2045 S. 216th Street
    Des Moines
    Open for Des Moines and Normandy Park residents, Monday-Thursday this week from 11:00am to 9:00pm. The shelter accommodations are minimal, water will be provided at the shelters but no food will be available. Small pets in carriers will be allowed but the owner is responsible to provide food, water and bowls for the animals.  Pets will be required to remain in their carriers will inside the shelter. An information phone number with recorded information has been set up at (206) 870-6719.


  • Tukwila Community Center
    12424 42nd Avenue South
    6:15am. – 9pm (Monday – Thursday)
    Phone: 206-768-2822
  • Tukwila Aquatic Playground
    12424 42nd Ave South
    Tukwila, WA 98168
    Website: http://www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/recreation/recbrochure.html
  • Southcenter, where “it’s always a beautiful day” (and a cool one this week)
  • Tukwila Pond (go ahead and jump in, it’s not just a swamp…)


  • SeaTac Community Center
    13735 24th Avenue South
    SeaTac, Washington 98168
    Phone: 206.973.4680


  • Federal Way Community Center
    876 S. 333rd Street
    5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (weekdays)
    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
    Phone: 253-832-6900
  • Wild Waves Water Park (cost involved)
    36201 Enchanted Pkwy
    Federal Way
    Phone: (253) 925-8000


  • Auburn Senior Center
    808 9th Street SE
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday
    Crated/caged pets welcome.Some pet cages available for those who don’t have them.
    Phone: 253-931-3016
  • Auburn Library
    1102 Auburn Way S
    10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
    Phone: 253-931-3018
  • Auburn City Hall
    25 W Main
    8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday
    Crated/caged pets welcome. Some pet cages available for those who don’t have them.
    Phone: (253) 931-3033

For all you weather nerds out there, here’s a link to a new UW website called “probcast.com” that will do customized forecasts based on zip codes; here’a a screenshot of what we can expect for 98166 – note Wed.’s predicted high of 101!:

An Excessive Heat Warning will remain in effect until 6pm Thursday, July 30th; this means that a period of dangerously hot temperatures is expected which can lead to heat related illnesses. Anyone can be overcome by extreme heat, but some people are at higher risk than others. They include the elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases

Signs and symptoms of heat related illness may vary but can include:

  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting

Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability unless treated immediately. Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; nausea, confusion and unconsciousness.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is urging people to take precautions and monitor themselves and others for signs and symptoms of heat related illness and call for medical aid as necessary.

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay in air-conditioned buildings such as public libraries and community centers, malls and movie theaters. Check on relatives and neighbors, particularly those with health issues. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down.

More hot weather safety tips are available at www.kingcounty.gov/health/BeatTheHeat

BTB Reader Philip Kelley sent us the pic below, and says:

“Of course, one way to beat the heat is with an ice cream cone.

I think I saw these two headed off toward Three Tree Point afterwards, probably to munch on a Mini Cooper…”

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3 Responses to “Where To Cool Down During “Hotpocalypse ’09””
  1. Jim Branson says:

    The metal woman seems to have a deformed hand. Either her thumbs is on the wrong side, or her fingers bend backwards. Is this due to the heat?

  2. Rob says:

    I bet the new condos at the town square have air conditioning. Stop spending millions on private interests Burien!

  3. Yeah, why can’t we hire a decent Photoshop artiste instead?

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