Photo Essay: People Stay Cool in the 90-Degree Heat

by Susan Fried

After one of the hottest months of July on record in Seattle, August was supposed to be a little cooler. But the first 10 days remained oppressively hot, forcing Seattlites to seek out ways to escape the heat. Fortunately Seattle is surrounded by water and people in the South End found lots of places to access Lake Washington or a local park with a water feature.

After a brief break, the heat is due to return reaching the low 90s Tuesday. If you’re not near a lake and are looking for a place to cool off, Seattle Public Libraries have air conditioning and so do some of the local Senior centers. The city of Seattle recommended a number of places where people could cool off, which will be helpful as temperatures continue to reach the mid-to-high 80s for the next week.


All photos by Susan Fried.

Cooling Off 1
Amour, 12, splashes herself with water at Pritchard Beach. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 4*
Brothers Ronan, 5, and Keenan, 3, play in the sand at Pritchard Beach. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 6*
Malina sits in the water at Pritchard Beach. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 7*
Sebastian 6, cools of at the Spray Park on Beacon Hill. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 8*
Floating or paddling, people found respite on the surface of Lake Washington. (Photo: Susan Fried).
Cooling Off 12*
Teens taking flips off the diving board into the cool water. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 14
Striking a pose mid air before splashing into the cool water. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Cooling Off 21.jpg
Inflatable swan provides shade as well as a ride along the cool surface of Lake Washington (Photo: Susan Fried)

We'd Like to Hear Your Thoughts:

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s