Heat advisory issued for Puget Sound region: Be careful out there

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SEATTLE —  The National Weather Service on Friday issued a heat advisory for the Puget Sound region and into the southwest interior of our state.

The NWS said the heat advisory would be in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Monday. It is the first heat advisory for the Puget Sound region in five years.

Temperatures will hover around 90 degrees Saturday and Sunday, possibly breaking records. So far, the record for consecutive days over 80 degrees was set in the summer of 2009. It was 10 days of hot, dry weather and we even had a record high of 103 degrees during that time!

We are on day six of 80 degrees or higher and it looks like we will stay that way until next Thursday!

There is no rain in sight except for a few thunderstorms in the Cascades.

Be careful out there — stay hydrated and check on the elderly and your pets several times throughout the day.

Heat-related illness prevention:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water; avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Dress appropriately in lightweight clothing.
  • Avoid or reduce strenuous activity.
  • Stay indoors and use air conditioning, if possible.
  • Cover windows that receive afternoon or morning sun.
  • Check on at risk individuals more frequently.

 

Symptoms of heat-related illness:

  • Headache, nausea, fatigue, and muscle cramps
  • Confusion, dizziness, and unconsciousness
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)

 

Additional information can be found at:

Public Health Seattle & King County

Washington State Health

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared an immediate county-wide burn ban. The indefinite ban applies to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission. The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban. Those with DNR burn permits are advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

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