Wicked Heatwave Set to Hit Much of Washington State
Just when you thought the weather swings were coming to an end, another one is on the way for this weekend.
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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of Western Washington as temperature could be more than 20 degrees above average for this time of year.
How Hot Will It Be?
If you remember last year, Seattle had a record amount of days consecutively over 90 degrees. In 2021, they hit 108 in June. I bring that up because a number homes in that area and in Western Washington do not have air conditioning. In fact, until last year Seattle was least air conditioned city in America.
How Can I Beat This Heat?
The Washington State Department of Health has these recommendations to help against extreme heat:
- Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible.
- Keep your home cool - close windows and shades during the day and limit the use of your stove and oven to keep temps down inside.
- Check on your friends, family, and neighbors before bedtime - Especially neighbors who are elderly, ill, or may need help.
- Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids but don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Keep outdoor pets safe - make sure they have protection from heat. Walk on grass instead of asphalt as paved surfaces can burn your pet's paws. NEVER leave people or pets in a parked vehicle.
- Take frequent breaks - especially when working outdoors. Wear wide-brimmed hats, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes, and don't forget the high SPF sunscreen.
- Do not rely on a fan as your only cooling source - Electric fans won’t prevent heat-related illness when temperatures are extreme.
- If you notice symptoms of heat illness - (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location to rest for a few minutes. Seek medical attention if you do not feel better.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. Warm temperatures do not necessarily mean warm water - Rivers and lakes are still very cold this time of year and jumping into cold open water can result in shock, arrythmias, and drowning. Cold showers combined with hot body temperatures can cause hypothermia, especially for elders and children. Ease into temperature changes.
- Follow water safety tips if you go swimming or boating. Remember swimming in open water is very different from swimming in a pool. Make sure to wear a life jacket that fits you.
- Check for restrictions or warnings in your area before lighting outdoor fires. High temperatures and dry conditions increase wildfire risk.
Good luck managing the Mother's Day heat...wherever you may be.