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Stay Hydrated & Beat the Heat

By Lindsay Wochnick

August has been the hottest of the last twelve months with an average daily high temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The forecast predicts the weather for the next two weeks will hover in the low to mid-80’s.

Are you and your family prepared for this next round of hot weather?

The Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation encourage the public to beat the heat by drinking cold, clean water, protecting their skin, and visiting Portland’s pools, interactive fountains, springs and splash pads.

Drink Water and Keep Hydrated
Water helps to regulate the body’s temperature. If you’re on the move, take a water bottle with you, or sip from the Benson Bubblers located around downtown Portland. If you are working, exercising, or playing in heat make sure to increase your water intake.

Protect Your Skin
When you go outside, make sure to dab on sunscreen and lip balm to protect yourself from harmful sun rays. Wearing a large brim hat and lightweight clothing also help as does seeking shade under a tree in one of Portland’s many great parks.

Cool Down in Portland’s Pools, Interactive Fountains, and Splash Pads

  • Pools -- Portland Parks & Recreation operates six indoor year-round pools and seven outdoor pools which are open through early September. Click here to search for indoor and outdoor pool locations.
  • Fountains -- Find relief from the heat by exploring Portland’s interactive fountains. Remember, look but don't drink, be safe, and pay careful attention to the fountain’s slippery surfaces, rapidly moving water, and pools of water. Not all of Portland’s decorative fountains are for wading into.
  • Splash Pads -- Kids, or people of all ages who act like kids, can frolic in water streams and spray for free at local splash pads at different parks across the city.

Keep cool and remember to drink lots of water! 

Lindsay Wochnick
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