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Cooling shelter opens Saturday through Monday

The Medford Senior Center.will be used as an emergency cooling shelter this weekend in response to the record-setting heatwave afflicting the region. [Mail Tribune/file photo]

Amid the record heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest, the city of Medford has declared a “severe event.” As a result, the Medford Senior Center will be open and act as a severe event cooling shelter, according to a notice on the city’s website.

The cooling shelter will operate from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The Medford Senior Center is at 510 E. Main St.

“The cooling shelter will provide water, cool resting area, restrooms, popsicles, snacks and a cooling area and water for pets. Individuals may come and go, with a facility capacity of 45 guests,” the city of Medford website said.

Updates will be posted as needed regarding additional cooling shelter dates and times, the website noted. Locations of future cooling centers are subject to change throughout the year.

For updated information, see www.medfordoregon.gov.