With the Puget Sound area in for another hot spell this week, city and county officials are again offering public cooling spaces.

Temperatures are expected to reach 95 and 96 degrees in Seattle on Thursday and Friday, respectively, said Steve Reedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Seattle office.

The Everett and Tacoma areas are also likely to see 90-degree weather as the week comes to an end, Reedy said.

The Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of Western Washington, particularly south and east of Puget Sound. The warning will be in effect through Saturday.

Reedy is urging people to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day and try to utilize fans and air conditioning.

A person dives into the water from a pedestrian bridge at Lake Union Park into the water during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Seattle. Yesterday set a record high for the day with more record highs expected today and Monday. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)


Counties across the state have cooling centers open this week. Visit snohd.org for more information on spaces to keep cool in Snohomish County, and piercecountywa.gov for a list of places in Pierce County.


Here’s our guide to public places in Seattle where you can beat the heat (as long as you’re masked).

Check back for updates.


Libraries without air-conditioning might close earlier if sustained indoor temperatures reach 80 degrees or higher, city officials said. Here are what days air-conditioned branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Central Library, Levels 1, 3 and 5 (1000 Fourth Ave.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Beacon Hill Branch (2821 Beacon Ave. S.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Broadview Branch (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.) Thursday and Saturday
  • Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave. E.) Thursday and Friday
  • Delridge Branch (5423 Delridge Way S.W.) Thursday and Friday
  • Douglass-Truth Branch (2300 E. Yesler Way) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.) Thursday and Friday
  • High Point Branch (3411 S.W. Raymond St.) Thursday and Friday
  • International District/Chinatown Branch (713 Eighth Ave. S.) Friday
  • Lake City Branch (12501 28th Ave. N.E.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Magnolia Branch (2801 34th Ave. W.) Thursday and Friday
  • Northgate Branch (10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Rainier Beach Branch (9125 Rainier Ave. S.) Thursday and Friday
  • South Park Branch (8604 Eighth Ave. S.) Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Note: Some branches scheduled to be open will be closed Thursday and Friday due to a lack of air-conditioning, the city said Thursday. This list has since been updated to reflect the changes.

Seattle Center

The Seattle Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall
  • International Fountain

Community centers

Seattle Parks and Recreation will open each of these centers from 2-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  • Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S.)
  • Chinatown International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 Eighth Ave. S.)
  • Northgate Community Center (10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.)
  • Magnuson Building #406 (6344 N.E. 74th St.): The Belvedere Terrace room will be available for up to 20 people with pets, due to the Seattle Animal Shelter and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s limited supply of animal crates. The city still encourages people to bring their own crates. Pet owners must stay with their pets at all times — the room is not a drop-off center.

Senior centers

Call ahead and confirm senior centers’ hours and availability.

  • Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave. S.), open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 206-726-4926
  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.), 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; dogs allowed; 206-297-0875
  • Pike Market Senior Center (85 Pike St., Suite 200), 8:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Sunday; 206-728-2773
  • Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 S.W. Oregon St.), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.; pets allowed; 206-932-4044
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 S. Holly St.), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 206-722-0317
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite 140), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; pets allowed; 206-461-7825. Note: This location does not have air conditioning.

Day centers for those experiencing homelessness

The Seattle Human Services Department’s HOPE Team is coordinating outreach efforts and will be distributing water and supplies. The team is also planning to provide transportation to cooling centers. The following day centers will be open (pets are welcome).

  • Seattle Indian Center (1265 S. Main St., Suite 105), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Salvation Army Jefferson Day Center (Fourth and Jefferson), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
  • Urban Rest Stop — Ballard (2014-B N.W. 57th St.), 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Urban Rest Stop — Downtown (1924 Ninth Ave.), 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday.
  • Orion Center (1828 Yale Ave.), 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; youth only (ages 12 to 24).
  • Mary’s Place Day Center (1831 Ninth Ave.), 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; women or women with children only.
Updating list of places you can go to escape the heat if you are homeless in King County

Cooling shelters for pets

Pets that need to cool down can be brought to an air-conditioned emergency animal cooling shelter located at Seattle Humane in Bellevue. The shelter is staffed by volunteers from the Washington State Animal Response Team, who ask that you RSVP here. The cooling shelter is not meant for animals experiencing serious medical issues. If your pet is showing signs of heat distress, see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Seattle Humane (13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue), Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Other cooling centers in King County

  • Bellevue: North Bellevue Community Center (4063 148th Ave. N.E.), 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday.
  • Kent, both locations open 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday: Kent Commons Community Center (525 Fourth Ave. N.), and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kent Public Library (212 Second Ave. N.).
  • Maple Valley, both locations open Wednesday through Friday: Lake Wilderness Lodge (22500 248th St.), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Greater Maple Valley Community Center (22500 248th St.), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SeaTac: SeaTac Community Center (13735 24th Ave. S.), open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Tukwila, all open Thursday through Saturday: Westfield Southcenter Mall (2800 Southcenter Mall), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tukwila Community Center Spray Park (12424 42nd Ave. S.), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Tukwila Library (14380 Tukwila International Blvd.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.