How to stay cool during Seattle’s heat wave

Safety tips, places to score cool treats, and more


Our local waters are still a bit chilly after the winter months, but they’ll definitely cool you off.

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Running through your deodorant a little more quickly this week?

Seattle is in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave with more 80° days forecast this week. Having higher-than-average heat in May makes finding ways to cool off harder than usual, since local spray parks, wading pools, and many beaches are still closed.

But there are still many ways to ride out the heat wave in Seattle.

Safety first

As the city of Seattle advises, make sure to:

  • Drink lots of H20.
  • Stop whatever you’re doing and get to a cooler space if you start to feel faint.Seventeen of the Seattle Public Library branches are air conditioned, and there are several senior and community centers listed as cooling centers for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Limit outdoor activities during the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Have a frozen treat

  • Shug’s Soda Fountain | Just make sure to stay extra hydrated if you opt for the shop’s prosecco float.
  • Fainting Goat | This gelateria offers unique flavors like pink guava and rose.

Take a swim

While the city’s wading pools and spray parks don’t open until Saturday, May 27, beaches like Golden Gardens and Alki are open for use (just know that there’s no lifeguard). Or, give one of the local swimming holes a chance.

Rent a paddleboard

Sit somewhere cool

  • SIFF Cinema | The local movie theatre is still in the midst of its film festival.
  • Pacific Place | Do a little shopping from small retailers while you cool down.
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