Where to beat the heat in Seattle: cooling shelters, libraries, spray parks, more

An excessive heat warning is currently in effect for much of the state of Washington, and several burn bans have been enacted due to the ongoing drought. Hazy skies from wildfire smoke are also expected both days, bringing air quality down to moderate.

In a region where many people do not have access to air conditioning, officials are urging residents to take proper heat precautions including staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous activity and not leaving pets or children alone in vehicles. 

If you’re looking for a place to cool down, keep reading for a list of public places Seattleites can go to beat the heat. 

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