City of Spokane reactivates cooling center plan as heatwave hits INW

SPOKANE. Wash. — The City of Spokane is reactivating its cooling center plan as a heatwave once again hits the Inland Northwest.

A Heat Advisory is now in effect, with that expected to be expanded to an Excessive Heat Warning. It will remain in place through Friday night, with near-triple digit temperatures expected.

People needing relief from the heat can visit Spokane Public Library branches during operating hours. Branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Tuesday through Thursday. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“August temperatures are expected to heat up again, so the cooling centers portion of the City’s hazard sheltering plan is being reactivated to give people a place to cool off,” Mayor Nadine Woodward said. “Air conditioning, water and restrooms will be available at these branches for anyone who needs a place out of the heat.”

Libraries have the capacity to serve 1,784 adults and children. If they reach capacity, the City will expand to additional locations.

The Spokane Transit Authority is granting fare exceptions during the heat wave to customers who are unable to afford bus fare traveling to cooling centers.

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