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Portland-area residents using many ways to stay cool in triple-digit heat

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

There's a live concert in Esther Short Park Thursday night, and despite the triple digit heat, the organizers are going ahead with their plans but making extra water available and trying to stay in the shade.

Like many others Thursday, they are tweaking things just a bit to stay safe and healthy.

Phil Oaks and his cycling buddies are still smiling after an 18-mile ride around midday.

It was hot, Oaks even called the day “toasty,” but he said some extra water and the right route made it doable.

"You go out fruit valley road and right where Burnt Bridge Creek crosses, there's a beautiful trail in there,” Oaks said, explaining his route. “It’s all covered with a canopy.  It's right along the creek."

For those who are sweating it out enough at home with no air conditioning, the city of Vancouver is offering help.

Cooling centers are open for anyone needing relief like here at the Marshall Community Center. Just sitting and basking in the AC is free.

"Every day it's warm like this, this is a savior for a lot of people,” Mike Gamby with the center said. “And we're happy to do it."

You won't catch Joy Smith in a cooling center, though.  She is a flagger in Hillsboro, and even after eight years on the hot pavement she's hanging in there, saying it's all about being prepared.

"See this? This is called a frog tog.  You keep it really wet and it cools itself off.  And I drink lots and lots of fluids," Smith explained. "Yeah, my daughter worries about me, but she's been flagging for 14 years."

Clark County public health officials just sent out an extreme heat warning for the weekend.

They advised signs of heat stroke include a body temperature around 103 degrees, red skin, nausea, headache and stopping sweating.

If you see these symptoms call for help, then put the person in a cool shower or spray them with a garden hose while you're waiting, but do not give them anything to drink.

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