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Heat-Wave accross the Pacific Northwest
by Ralph Metcalf - The Oregon Herald
  Thursday July 8, 2010 - 11:11 AM
 
PORTLAND- Heat and Air Quality Advisories are in effect for a most of Oregon today. Cooling centers have been opened to help seniors and other handle the heat wave. The Advisory remains in effect until tomorrow evening but may be extended. The National Weather Service says the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation where heat-related illnesses are possible.All The NWS recommends drinking plenty of fluids, staying in air conditioned places, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors.

The Oregon Department of Ecology issued an Air Pollution Advisory, stating that air quality could be hazardous to the elderly, children, or people with asthma. So, if you're affected by the air quality-- experts say you should stay indoors.  Large reader boards on local highways are asking people to limit their driving to help keep the smog to a minimum.

These conditions can be extremely hazardous to folks with chronic health problems and senior citizens.  Elderly people don't adjust as well as young people to sudden spikes in temperature, mainly because they're more likely to have chronic medical conditions that change the body's normal responses to heat.  Seniors are also more likely to take prescription drugs that prevent the body from regulating its temperature. 

Many older people live in apartments or homes with no air conditioning so cooling centers are opening to help seniors and others beat the heat.  The Salvation Army's Rose Center at NE 18th and Sandy is open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for seniors who need a cool place to be.  The Rose Center will offer air conditioning, water, light snacks and activities to help seniors beat the heat and stay healthy.

Other cooling centers are also open throughout the Portland and Vancouver Metro area.

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