Excessive heat warnings are up across the Pacific Northwest as communities brace for the second major heat wave of the summer in the region.
As OPB reports, triple-digit temperatures are unusual in cities like Portland, Ore., which has opened several emergency cooling centers.
But high-country towns like Pendleton, Ore., where it’s expected to reach 105 degrees, are more prepared for extreme heat — because they’ve prepared for extreme cold:
Police Chief Charles Byram says their winter warming station has been turned into a summer cooling center.
And locals are building small dams in the Umatilla River to create pools for the community to cool off.
“There’s one particular spot where there’s a little falls, where a pool builds up a little bit,” he adds. “We also have a waterpark and we’re just completing a splash-pad area in a park as well.”
The Forest Service is also warning that air quality is likely to deteriorate as wildfires continue to burn.
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- Cities across Oregon see another day of triple-digit temperatures
- Oregon fire officials are preparing for a weekend of hot weather and lightning
- Cooling centers are open as the heat wave kicks in
This story originally ran on the Morning Edition live blog.