Most of the rest of the country may scoff, but temperatures climbed into the mid-90s Thursday and were expected to stay there again Friday, prompting local government agencies to issue heat warning and listing options for residents to stay cool.
King County emergency preparedness officials said that with high heat and possible lightning this weekend, homeowners should pay attention to what is surrounding their home up to a 30-foot radius.
Experts recommend removing dead plants and vegetation, any type of easy-burn material within 30 feet of a home, and also pruning back shrubs and tree branches hanging over their roof.
And officials emphasized the importance of residents drinking a lot of wanter and not staying out in the heat for a long period of time.
King County set up a “Beat the Heat webpage” at www.kingcounty.gov/health/beattheheat.aspx
“Residents in Pierce County can seek relief from the heat by visiting local malls, restaurants, theaters, libraries, and other air-conditioned facilities in local neighborhoods,” Pierce County said in a news release from Tacoma. “People are urged to avoid prolonged exposure to heat.”
For additional information regarding hot weather personal safety, visit the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department website: http://www.tpchd.org/news.php?nid=693
The city of Tacoma also issued a warning statement and said, “Cooling centers will open at city libraries and other public facilities to provide individuals protection from heat.” For a complete listing of library locations and hours of operation, visit tacomapubliclibrary.org.
Government agencies urged residents to check regularly on neighbors and family members, particularly infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill.
It also reminded pet owners not to leave pets unattended in a parked car for any period of time.
In Portland, KPTV-TV (FOX 12) reported that excessive heat and red flag warnings were in effect for many parts of Oregon and southwest Washington as 100-degree heat hit the region on Thursday.
FOX 12 meteorologists expect Portland to reach triple-digits again on Friday, before cooling off this weekend.
The National Weather Service announced an excessive heat warning from 1 p.m. Thursday to 9 p.m. Friday for much of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.
This is the hottest stretch since July 27 to July 29 in 2009, when Portland hit high temps of 103, 106 and 106 degrees in succession.