The Weather Service has called an “excessive heat watch” and is predicting temperatures over 90 degrees starting Saturday and a high of 100 degrees on Monday, continuing too high all through the week. What can you do if the heat is getting to you? Here are some official “cooling off” places that will be open and air conditioned where you can retreat.
The Northgate Community Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 8pm. The Metro #26 bus runs along 40th and up Latona directly to the Northgate Transit Center, which is a 12 minute walk from the Community Center.
The Ballard Public Library Branch will be open Saturday and again Tuesday through the end of the week from 10 am to 6 pm. The Metro #44 bus runs along 45th and has a stop just a block south of the Library.
Update from Dawn Rutherford of SPL: the Ballard branch will be open Sunday (12-6, with restrooms available 10-6) and Monday (10-6) as a cooling station! This is a temporary change in response to the heat wave.]
The Central Library downtown is open Saturday and again Tuesday through the end of the week from 10 am to 6 pm. Both the Metro #26 and the #62 bus that runs down Meridian, along 45th and down Stoneway goes one block from the library downtown.
The swimming area in Green Lake at the Community Center will have lifeguards on duty from 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 7 pm the rest of the week. The Metro #26 bus has a stop at Ravenna Blvd that is short walk from Green Lake Park.
The Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center (Sunnyside and 50th) has reopened. It will be open from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays. It is not air conditioned but it is in the basement so it will be cooler.
The Armory at Seattle Center will not be open until July1.
The North Transfer station will close at 2 pm on Sunday and Monday to reduce the risk of fire from the extreme heat and to protect their staff.
Some additional tips are available from Seattle-King County Public Health.