Courtesy of the City of Maple Valley (click here for original article)
A gradual warming trend will begin today and peak Thursday. Our area may reach the lower 90's on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, much of the interior from the Greater Puget Sound region southward will be in the 90's. Some locations on Thursday could reach the 100-105 degree range. Friday should be a little cooler but with highs still in the 90's
Thursday could be the hottest day in Western Washington since July 29th, 2009. High-temperature records will fall in some locations, especially Wednesday and Thursday. Please keep this in mind when you are outside, when outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. People's bodies are not able to cool themselves quickly enough, and they overheat. Please stay safe. A few tips from the King County Health Department are listed below:
- Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
- Dress in lightweight clothing.
- Take a cool shower or bath, or place cool washcloths on your skin.
- Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives to take these precautions too.
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually dehydrate your body.
- Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
If you go outside
- Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.
- Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
- Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
- Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
- Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.