City of Spokane extends cooling center hours due to heatwave

SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane is extending the operating times of their cooling centers due to the heatwave.

Mayor Nadine Woodward made the announcement Monday, pushing back the open time from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Since the cooling centers opened this weekend, Woodward says 53 people have used the Looff Carrousel center, and people stayed for long visits at the city’s libraries. Traffic has not gone up yet, but Woodward says they are ready to take up to 1,000 people if needed.

This announcement follows the National Weather Service’s extension of the excessive heat warning through Sunday evening, as extremely hot and dangerous temperatures will hang above the Northwest this week.

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