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Cooling centers for you and your pets during western Washington's heat wave

Governor Jay Inslee removed COVID-19 capacity limits at publicly owned or operated non-profit cooling centers.

SEATTLE — Below is a list of cooling centers around western Washington to help residents make it through forecasted triple-digit temperatures. 


The city of Seattle has designated the Amazon Meeting Center as an official cooling center with a capacity of 1,000 individuals.

The city opened more than 30 "cooling centers" including senior centers, community centers, libraries, day/hygiene centers and an emergency shelter in addition to beaches, pools, spray parks and wading pools.

Seattle is reopening the Central Library and several other neighborhood branches of the Seattle Public Library during peak hours. Libraries will remain at a reduced 50% building capacity due to state health mandates, but those will be relaxed on June 30. Masks are still required regardless of vaccination status. Check out a full list of locations and hours here

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Wading pools will be open from noon to 7 p.m., and spray parks will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The "Pop" Mounger Pool will also be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the Colman Pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Check out a full list of spray parks and pools here. 

Lifeguarded beaches will stay open on weekdays from noon to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Find a full list of open beaches here

Local malls in Seattle will also be good places to cool off during the day when temperatures are the hottest. The City of Seattle partnered with Pacific Place to provide promotions to shoppers trying to get out of the heat through Monday, June 28. 

There will be community cooling centers throughout the city, including one at the International District/Chinatown Community Center, another at the Northgate Community Center and one at the Rainier Beach Community Center.

The Seattle Human Services Department opened a 24/7 emergency cooling center at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center at 305 Harrison St. to provide relief from the heat. The emergency shelter is open through Tuesday, June 29. The shelter will be operated by the Salvation Army with capacity for 73 people. Meals will be provided through Operation Sack Lunch. Another shelter is open at the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center.

For people who are unhoused, the HOPE Team will be conducting welfare checks, handing out water and providing other support including referrals to shelters in the coming days. There is some limited availability of 24/7 shelters, tiny homes and other shelter spaces, according to the city.  

There are also several day shelters and senior centers available for those who need to cool off.

Day Centers for People Experiencing Homelessness 

  • Community Drop-In Center (Seattle Indian Center), 1265 S Main St suite 105 
    • Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday – Friday/ 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday – Sunday (NEW EXTENDED HOURS) 
  • God's Lil Acre, 12521 33rd Ave NE 
    • Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
  • Immanuel Community Services, 1215 Thomas St 
    • Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
  • The Salvation Army Jefferson Day Center, 4th Ave & Jefferson Street 
    • Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 7 days-a-week  
  • Peter's Place/Compass Hygiene Center, 77 S Washington St 
    • Hours: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
  • Urban Rest Stop – Ballard, 2014-B NW 57th St 
    • Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
  • Urban Rest Stop -Downtown, 1924 Ninth Avenue 
    • Hours: 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Mon. – Fri./ 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat. -Sun.  
  • Women's Day Center, 1830 9th Ave 
    • Hours: 7am -3:30pm; Monday – Friday/ 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Saturday 

Senior Centers 

  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St 
    • Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
    • Phone: 206-297-0875 
  • Pike Market Senior Center, 85 Pike St, Suite 200 
    • Hours: 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 7 days-a-week 
    • Phone: 206-728-2773 
  • Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St 
    • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday – Friday 
    • Phone: 206-932-4044 
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly St 
    • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday – Friday/ 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday (NEW EXTENDED HOURS) 
    • Phone: 206-722-0317 
  • Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave S 
    • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday 
    • Phone: 206-726-4926 
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 140 
    • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday  
    • Phone: 206-461-7825

King County: 

King County and some jurisdictions are opening libraries to serve as cooling centers during the heat. Libraries will be limited to 50% capacity and everyone must wear a mask during their visit. The Auburn, Carnations, Fairwood, Fall City, Issaquah, Skyway, Tukwila, Vashon, Woodinville and Woodmont libraries have expanded their hours to be open on Monday, when they are typically closed. These libraries will be available as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

King County is also opened White Center Cooling Center at 206 Southwest 112th St. in Seattle through 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Check here for a list of cooling centers in other King County cities, and their hours. 

The North Bend Council Chambers and City Hall lobby area is open through Monday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cooling shelter may be open for additional days if temperatures continue to exceed 100 degrees. Residents using the emergency cooling shelter will be asked to observe COVID-19 guidelines including temperature checks, masking and social distancing. 

The Enumclaw Expo Center will also open its doors for pets who aren't coping well with the heat and need some air-conditioning. On Monday, the center will be open for any furry friends feeling the heat from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesday, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Owners can park in the center's south parking lot and should call ahead so that workers can meet them outside. Owners are asked to bring food and any medication their pet may need. 

Lewis County: 

Lewis County has opened several cooling locations for the public to go during the heat wave. The locations are public buildings with air conditioning available to the general public who may not have another alternative to avoid the heat, according to Lewis County Emergency Management. Check here for a list of locations. 

Pierce County:

Pierce County Emergency Management has several cooling centers open amid high temperatures. Check locations and hours here.

There are several cooling stations available to those who need it in Orting. Check out the city's Facebook page for a list of locations and their operating hours. 

Snohomish County: 

View a list of locations in Snohomish County typically open and available for the public to have a safe place to cool off here

On Sunday, libraries in Marysville, Mukilteo and Lynnwood will open three hours early at 10 a.m. for those who need to cool off. The Langley library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Thurston County:

Thurston County has declared a code red public health emergency for the duration of the heat wave, lasting from 12 p.m. on Friday, June 25, to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

For the duration of the emergency, a daytime cooling center will be available at The Old City Fire House at 201 Capitol Way North from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There will also be additional outreach and survival supply distribution throughout Olympia until temperatures drop or there is insufficient staffing.  

Another list of cooling centers run by Thurston County Emergency Management is available here along with their operating hours.

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