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RiverCities offers free air-conditioned rides during Longview-Kelso heatwave

To prepare for the extreme heat forecast through Monday, authorities advise residents to take advantage of free RiverCities Transit rides, cool off at Longview and Kelso public libraries and follow heat safety precautions.

RiverCities Transit offers free rides in air-conditioned buses Friday, Saturday and Monday. There are no routes on Sundays. The route map can be found at rctransit.org.

The Longview Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kelso Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Closed Saturdays and Mondays. For additional refrigerated locations, call 211.

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The lobbies of the Cowlitz Family Health Centers in Longview, Kelso, Castle Rock and Woodland will be open during regular business hours Monday through Friday to serve as cooling centers.

Tips

The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures for Longview-Kelso of 95 degrees on Saturday, 98 degrees on Sunday and 99 degrees on Monday.

During the heat wave, people should drink plenty of water, wear light and loose-fitting clothing, avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, and check on elderly neighbors and people with health problems. When outdoors, they should use sunscreen and wear a hat.

If you or someone else notices symptoms of heat-related illness such as dizziness, headaches or nausea, you are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

Pets also need special care in hot weather. Pet owners should provide their pets with shade and fresh water outside, limit exercise to the cooler morning or evening hours, walk pets on grass to avoid hot surfaces, and watch for signs of heat stroke. Pets and children should never be left unattended in vehicles.

Symptoms of heat stroke in pets may include heavy panting and an inability to calm down.

The Daily News, Longview, Washington.