Excessive Heat Warning

Escape the Heat at a Y "Cooling Center"

Last updated July 25, 2022

The National Weather Service has released an Excessive Heat Warning from 12 pm Tuesday, July 26 to 4 pm PDT Friday, July 29.

To provide safe places to escape the heat, Ys in areas without a cooling center within a 2-mile radius will be open during normal business hours as a cooling center for community. Please take caution this week, and share participating Y "Cooling Centers" with your friends and family.

  • Auburn Valley YMCA 
  • Bellevue Family YMCA 
  • Coal Creek Family YMCA 
  • Dale Turner Family YMCA 
  • Downtown Seattle YMCA (not participating)
  • Kent YMCA 
  • Matt Griffin YMCA 
  • Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA 
  • Northshore YMCA (not participating)
  • Sammamish Community YMCA 
  • Snoqualmie Valley YMCA 
  • University Family YMCA
  • West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA 


Stay cool during this PNW Heatwave with these safety tips:

✅ Drink water frequently, and bring water everywhere for your kids and pets.

🚫 NEVER leave children, pets, or people in a parked car—heat can rise to dangerous levels in seconds.

🚫 Don't spend too much time in direct sunlight and don't forget the sunscreen.

✅ Be cautious of hot pavement, and be sure to protect your pet's paws.

✅ Find a cool place to hang out like a friend's house or find a participating cooling center!

✅ Cool off by showering or using washcloths.

✅ Help your community by checking in on elderly neighbors and relatives.


Our Inclement Weather Policy

The safety of our members, volunteers and staff is a top priority at the Y. While we make every effort to keep the Y open and programs running to serve our community, we may cancel programs, delay opening, or close the facility because of severe weather, unsafe driving conditions, or power outages. Operating decisions are based on weather alerts, school delays and closures, road conditions, and the ability of Y staff to operate the facility safely.

Delays and Closures Due to Weather

A decision on facility hours and program or class cancellations will be made as needed as conditions change. Closures will be determined on a case-by-case basis and announced with as much advance notice as possible. We will do our best to reschedule classes and/or programs that have been canceled. In the event we cannot reschedule a fee-based and in-branch program, we will follow our refund policy. See our policy >

Before and After School Programs

YMCA Before and After School programs run in conjunction with the school district. If a school is closed for inclement weather, the YMCA Before and After School program will be closed. If a school district runs two hours late, then YMCA programs will also run two hours late. If school is canceled during school hours children will need to be picked up according to the school procedures for early closing. This also applies to schools canceling all after-school clubs and activities.

In the event that there is a weather issue on a day when school is not in session, but we are planning Y programs (e.g. Break Camp), we will make a decision by 5:30 a.m. the day of the program and communicate any delays or closures to parents and guardians.

We will communicate via email for updates on school closures as updates become available. You can also sign up to receive school closure and delay information from FlashAlert. Please ensure that your contact information is current and we have up-to-date phone numbers and emails. It might also be helpful to ensure you have additional authorized pickups near your program site.

Power Outages

It is the YMCA's policy to suspend facility activities if power is out for a period of 30 minutes or more without a sign of restoration. Staff will remain on site up until one hour has passed since the initial outage. They will reopen the facility if the power returns within one hour.


For everyone's safety, if lightning is seen or thunder is heard, all pools, showers, steam rooms, and saunas will close until 30 minutes after the last reported strike. Outdoor activities may be relocated, delayed, or canceled due to nearby lightning strikes.