Health - Public Health News

Posted on: August 14, 2023

UPDATED: Excessive heat forecast for Whatcom County through Wednesday 8/16

The National Weather Service has extended the active heat advisory. The heat advisory will remain in effect through 11 PM this evening (8/16). Hot conditions with temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees are expected. Heat will increase the risk of heat-related illnesses for those who are sensitive to heat, especially those without effective cooling or adequate hydration.

It's important to stay cool and hydrated during hot weather! You can visit a cooling center or splash park to cool off. See our list of Whatcom County locations below for a spot near you. 

More information and resources:
Whatcom County:
City of Bellingham:

Public Buildings with Regular Hours

  • Bellingham Public Library (Bellis Fair Mall branch) One Bellis Fair Parkway ste 616, Bellingham, WA, 98226
    • Open Wednesday 2PM-6PM
  • EWRRC 8251 Kendall Rd Maple Falls 98266
    • Open Wednesday 9AM-4PM
  • North Fork Library 7506 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls, WA 98266
    • Open Wednesday 10AM-6PM
  • Deming Library 5044 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming, WA 98244
    • Open Wednesday 10AM-8PM
  • Ferndale Community Services, 5694 Second Ave, Ferndale, WA, 98248
    • Open Wednesday 10AM-6PM

Splash parks

  • Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive N, Bellingham, WA, 98225

  • Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA, 98225

  • Cordata Park, 4510 Cordata Pkwy, Bellingham, WA, 98226

Parks with notable shade

  • Cornwall Park, 3424 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA, 98225

  • Whatcom Falls Park, 1401 Electric Ave, Bellingham, WA, 98229

  • Sehome Hill Arboretum, 600 25th St, Bellingham, WA, 98225

  • Columbia Valley Park 7916 Santa Fe Trail, Maple Falls, WA

Parks on the water

  • Teddy Bear Cove

  • Clark's point

  • Boulevard Park

  • Zuanich Park

  • Marine Park

  • Larrabee State Park

  • Whatcom Falls Park

  • Silverlake

  • Deming Nooksack River 3685 Mt Baker Hwy

  • Douglas Fir Campground

  • Southfork Park

  • Acme River Access


  • WTA fixed-route city buses; currently running FREE FARE DAYS to coincide with the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. 50% are equipped with air conditioning. 

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