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SEATTLE -- The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Seattle and surrounding areas from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night and officials want everyone to stay cool and keep hydrated.

Seattle nanny Alyssa Ingebirtsen is watching over Josephine and Eva and keeping them safe from the heat.

"We’ve been hanging in the shade, hitting the public libraries. They’re nice and air conditioned. Just trying to beat the heat," she said.

McLendon's hardware store in White Center says fan and A/C unit sales continue to rise with the temperatures. Doctors say they are great ways to stay cool, but drinking water is the best thing you can do.

Dr. Jeffery Duchin said, "Many of us enjoy the warm weather, but I think most people don’t realize extreme heat can be very dangerous."

City leaders all over the Puget Sound are posting information on cooling centers in their communities.

Experts say to avoid long exposure in the sun. Check on the elderly and keep a close eye on children. Drink plenty of water even if you're not thirsty.

>>> To read a list of available cooling centers, click here.

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