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Where To Cool Down During “Hotpocalypse ’09”

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 [1]):

BURIEN:

DES MOINES:

TUKWILA:

SEATAC:

FEDERAL WAY:

AUBURN:

For all you weather nerds out there, here’s a link to a new UW website called “probcast.com [3]” 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:

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 [4]

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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