Residents find ways to keep cool as heat wave sets record highs

Eugene residents were beating the heat on Wednesday amid record temperatures.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 7:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene residents were beating the heat on Wednesday amid record temperatures.

The heat reached 99 degrees in Eugene, beating the previous record for June 12 by 10 degrees.

Many residents cooled down at local parks like Alton Baker Park, Fairmount Park and Oakmount Park.

Kids enjoyed the fun features such as water spray stations, splash pads and fountains to keep from getting overheated.

Some residents participated in Walk It Off Wednesday, an event sponsored by 94.5 Mix FM. They provided Otter Pops and cold water.

Employees who work outside were also looking for ways to keep cool. 

"Drink lots of water," city worker Blayne Adams recommended. "Before I get to work, I fill up my jug about three quarters. I put a bunch of ice in it. If there's a source of water, I'll take my shirt off, get it wet, ring it out, put it back on. It's a lot like air conditioning."

Eugene True Value Hardware store manager Terry White said since Wednesday morning, they've been seeing more sales of fans and air conditioners.  

For a list of cooling centers, click here.

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