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Originally published January 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM | Page modified January 12, 2013 at 10:55 PM

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Find a warm place for cold, sunny days ahead

Baby, it's cold outside. Sunny and cold, and it will stay that way for the next couple of days. The city of Seattle opened a severe-weather center. Precautions also are advised for pets.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Put the umbrella away and grab those sunglasses, gloves and a trendy hat. Seattle weather will continue to be cold, sunny and dry for the next couple days.

While it may feel like it's particularly cold outside, the temperatures for Sunday and the beginning of the week are typical for January, reports the National Weather Service.

"It's not unusual," said meteorologist Art Gaebel of the weather service. "The high temperatures will be in the 30s and low 40s, and that's going to be it until next week with no rain. We'll have frosty mornings when the sun comes in and it will warm up."

Expect temperatures each night to dip into the 20s, with morning fog and clouds. By afternoon, the area will warm to the upper 30s.

Gaebel said the temperatures in the Seattle area won't be breaking any records like the one set in 1963, when the temperature dipped to 13 degrees.

He reminds people that ice can occasionally appear in patches where the sun melts the ice during the day and then the water freezes at night.

"Just use some common sense," he added.

For those struggling to find a warm place to spend the night, the city of Seattle has three locations that offer beds. On Thursday, the city opened a severe-weather shelter that's coed, located in the Rainier Room, just south of KeyArena, at Seattle Center. Men can also go to City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., and women can stay at the Frye Hotel, 223 Yesler Way.

With such low temperatures, pet owners should make sure their dogs and cats are warm and safe, said Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan.

"Each fall and winter season, thousands of pets are left out in the cold with little or no refuge," he said. "Pet owners need to take extra precautions during cold weather to prevent a potential tragedy from befalling their beloved pets."

When it's cold, bring cats and dogs indoors to avoid frostbitten ears, noses and feet.

Jordan said if your dog must remain outside, provide an elevated doghouse with dry bedding and a flap to keep drafts out. The door should also face west or north to avoid cold winds. Also, avoid metal bowls because the water can freeze and a pet's tongue could stick to the metal.

Pets also are attracted to the smell and taste of antifreeze, Jordan added. Clean up any spills, because it takes only a small amount to kill a pet.

Christine Willmsen: 206-464-3261 or cwillmsen@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @Christinesea.

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