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Medford offers cooling shelters during heat wave

Medford opened cooling shelters Thursday and Friday to help residents cope with a heat wave.

The city of Medford and community partners will open cooling shelters Thursday and Friday in response to forecasts of high temperatures.

The Thursday cooling shelter is open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St.

The Friday cooling shelter is open from noon to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St. Use the entrance between Main and Laurel streets.

The cooling shelters will provide water, cool resting areas, restrooms, popsicles and snacks. The shelters offer cooling areas and water for pets. People may come and go, with a capacity of 90 guests.

Anyone interested in volunteering or who has resources to contribute can email medfordemergencyshelter@gmail.com for more information.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for a period lasting from 11 a.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 102 degrees Thursday and 103 Friday. High temperatures will drop to 97 Saturday and 96 Sunday and Monday.

The Medford area could see showers and thunderstorms Thursday through Saturday night, the National Weather Service predicts.

State medical examiner data show a June heat wave killed 116 people in Oregon, primarily in the northern part of the state, where many homes and businesses lack air conditioning.