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It Gonna Get HOT in LGBTQ Seattle This Weekend…How To Stay Cool!

BFD at Unicorn in 2016….HOT! Photo: Adam McRoberts for SGS

It’s LGBTQ Pride Week in Seattle this week and while it always gets “hawt” in the entertainment sense of the word, this year it’s gonna get freaking HOT in the “OH, MY SWEET JESUS IT’S OVER A HUNDRED DEGREES AND I’M MELTING INTO A PUDDLE OF GOO!!!!” hot in the next few days. It’s projected that temps could go well into the 90s and even low 100s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and into next week.

For folks from other parts of the country reading this and thinking “so? It’s summer…it gets hot! Deal with it, Seattle!” the fact of the matter is, Seattle isn’t designed to deal with that kind of heat; until recently, it seldom got above 80 degrees for much of the summer. And, Seattle is the largest U.S. metropolitan city with the least amount of air conditioning…only about 35% of homes have it compared to most major cities east of the Rocky Mountains where nearly every home has a/c.

So, how are we gonna cope with this horrid heat? (Which can be very serious for the elderly and for those with other existing health issues.) The City of Seattle has sent out a handy press release with all sorts of great info on things to do/places to go….including beaches and swimming and wading pools which are all opening on Saturday, June 26th for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020.

Here’s their info down below and please remember to stay hydrated AND check in on at-risk friends, relatives and neighbors. AND, be extra careful with your pets…they’ll need plenty of fluids and to be kept off super hot pavements!

Via the City of Seattle:

Seattle (June 21, 2021) –  As Seattle is anticipated to reach temperatures around 90 degrees this weekend (June 26-June 28), the City of Seattle is providing information on how to stay safe in the heat as well as the reopening of public spaces that may be used to stay cool during the high temperatures. With temperatures expected to increase throughout the week, the City will continue to assess the available cooling spaces or shelter, and issue additional guidance, as necessary.

“This upcoming week, we’re reopening many City facilities for individuals to stay cool, but many of our City’s indoor spaces remain closed or at reduced capacity due to state and local Public Health mandates,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “As a reminder, drink plenty of water, reduce strenuous outdoor activities, check on neighbors and those at risk for heat-related illness, and don’t leave any pets in the car.”

The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management monitors weather forecasts and coordinates any City-wide preparation needed to manage the consequences from excessive heat and high temperatures. Key factors include:

  • Advisory or statement (Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning) from National Weather Service
  • Any spike in heat related illnesses
  • Hot days without significant nighttime cooling
  • Risks of utility and transportation failures

Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued guidance regarding how to stay cool and safe.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Reduce, eliminate, or re-schedule strenuous outdoor activities without air conditioning if you can. If you normally exercise outdoors – as recommended – exercise either in the early morning or late evening hours.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar, which can dehydrate your body.

Keep Kids Safe
Never leave infants or children in vehicles unattended – even with the windows rolled down. Temperatures rise quickly in vehicles, even when the outside temperature is 60 degrees a vehicles interior can easily heat up to 110 degrees.

Photo: Adam McRoberts for SGS. Pridefest 2018

Protect Pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal unattended in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat and remember shaded areas move with the sun. Provide access to cool water at all times.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open secured screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave animals unattended in a vehicle. Temperatures rise quickly leaving them trapped and unable to escape the heat. Under Washington state law an animal control officer or law enforcement officer has the authority to remove an animal from a vehicle by any means necessary if the animal is suffering or is likely to suffer from exposure to excessive heat and the owner may be charged with animal cruelty.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but extreme heat conditions, obesity, old age, breed and underlying disease can predispose an animal to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Hot pavement can quickly burn sensitive paws.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.
  • Smaller furred pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, can overheat easily. Snacks such as cucumber, melon or any watery vegetable can help keep them hydrated. Frozen water bottles can give them something cool to lie next to or near.


The following libraries offer air conditioned public space and can be used as a place to cool off when outdoor temperatures are high. The Central Library and several neighborhood branches are reopening this week during peak hours. Libraries remain at a reduced 50% building capacity due to state health mandates until June 30. Masks are still required regardless of vaccination status, and physical distancing remains in place. Please be sure to check Library hours online at, or by calling our Ask Us line at 206-386-4636, before visiting.

  • Ballard Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Beacon Hill Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Broadview Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Central Library
    • Status: Reopening Levels 1, 3 and 5 on Tuesday, June 22
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Delridge Branch
    • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Douglass-Truth Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Greenwood Branch
    • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • High Point Branch
    • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • International District/Chinatown Branch            
    • Status: Reopening Sunday, June 27
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • Lake City Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • Magnolia Branch
    • Status: Reopening Wednesday, June 23
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays
  • Rainier Beach Branch
    • Status: Reopened
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
  • South Park Branch
    • Status: Reopening Thursday, June 24
    • Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Pools and Water Areas

Wading pools will open to the public on the schedule below and spray parks will open to the public on Saturday, June 26.

Wading pools (starting Saturday, June 26, noon-7pm unless otherwise listed)

  • Volunteer, 1400 E Galer St, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Powell Barnett, 352 Martin Luther King Way, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Bitter Lake 13035 Linden Ave. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Green Lake (opens 7/2), N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St., Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW, (12pm to 5:30pm), Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues
  • Lincoln, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun

Spray Parks (starting Saturday, June 26, 11am-8pm everyday)

  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Yesler Terrace Park , 917 Yesler Way

Lifeguarded Beaches (starting Saturday, June 26, noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays):

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE through September 5
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E through September 5
  • Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr. through September 5
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE through August 28
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd. through August 28
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th S through August 28

Outdoor Pools

  • “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd W, daily, 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m., visit here for public swim times.
  • Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., visit here for public swim times.

Human Services Department

In accordance with its inclement weather planning, the Human Services Department will continue to monitor forecasts over the coming days to determine if additional measures are necessary.

To support those living unsheltered, the HOPE Team, in partnership with outreach providers, will be conducting welfare checks, handing out water, and providing other supports, including referrals to shelter, over the coming days. The City does have some limited availability of 24/7 enhanced shelter, tiny homes, and other shelter spaces.

Seattle Center
Seattle Center Armory will reopen to the public on July 1 and is equipped with air conditioning and filtration. View the campus map PDF.

  • Seattle Center Armory Food & Event Hall, opening July 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • International Fountain, opens July 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain), closed for renovation

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