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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Excessive Heat Updates: North Bend Cooling Locations, Garbage Collections, Farmers Market Canceled

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Weather forecasters are predicting more hot weather for our region, with North Bend area temperatures expected to hover in the low to upper 90s for Wednesday, August 11,  through Saturday, August 14. With nighttime lows remaining in the upper 60s on Thursday and Friday, overnight cooling could be limited in homes without air conditioning.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning that runs from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening, with Friday expected to be the hottest day.

Garbage/Recycling Collection Update:

Due to the extreme heat and for the safety of its employees, Republic Services will begin garbage/recycling/yard waste collections at 6am on August 12th and 13th. All attempts will be made to service customers. However, due to the safety/concern of employees, some routes could be left incomplete if health concerns arise due to the heat. Any customers missed may put out double the normal volume on their next regular collection day.

Farmers Market Canceled

Si View Metro Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel the North Bend Farmers Market on Thursday, August 12th due to the excessive heat warning. The health and safety of the market shoppers, vendors, volunteers, and staff is the highest priority. While the market operates into the evening hours, event set up takes place during the hottest part of the day with minimal shade.  Si View Parks is confident this is the safest option for everyone. The Farmers Market team is exploring options for extending the season by one week into mid-September. Normal market operations will resume Thursday August 19th, 4-8pm.

North Bend Cooling Locations – open during each buildings regular operating hours - include:

  • North Bend Library: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
  • Mt. Si Senior Center: Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4pm. (Residents 50+)
  • North Bend City Hall: Thursday, 8:30am – 12pm & 1pm – 4:30pm; Friday, 8:30am – 12pm

For detailed information on transportation options to reach cooling locations, please visit the City website Transportation page at www.northbendwa.gov/297/Transportation.

Reminder: Please do not leave pets or children in parked cars, even with windows down. Vehicle can reach unsafe temperatures within minutes in extreme heat.

Health and Home Cooling Tips:

During times of extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Older adults, children, sick and overweight are at greater risk of the effects from extreme heat.

During Periods of Excessive Heat:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Tips to Keep your Home Cool:

  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.  
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.
  • Keep windows closed to keep heat out.
  • Weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
  • Add insulation to keep the heat out.
  • Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic by clearing hot air.
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.

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