North West Weather Service says excessive heat warning is in effect
Welcome to a Tri-Cities summer. This week is going to be scorching and like last year, Tri-Cities could have a chance to beat the hottest temperatures on record again this year.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning throughout the weekend of July 31, 2022 and we could see record times during the week.
Here is what the NWS reports say:
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM PDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures around 105 to 115 expected. * WHERE...In Washington, Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Washington, Kittitas Valley, Yakima Valley and Lower Columbia Basin of Washington. In Oregon, Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon. * WHEN...From 11 AM Today to 11 PM PDT Friday. * IMPACTS...Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.
Hanford once posted a daily record of 120 degrees
The temperatures will be excessive and you will want to take precautions to stay safe.
NWS has provided some guidelines for dealing with the sweltering heat:
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and watch your family and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Wear light, loose clothing when possible. To reduce risk when working outdoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.
According to the Northwest Weather Service, we could see highs of 115 degrees on some days.
The question is will 115 be a record for the Columbia Basin?
NWS keeps track of recordings and at the moment 117 degrees is the record set last year on 06/29/2021.
It looks like we’ll need a few more degrees to hit previous years’ records.
The historic record set at Hanford has been 120, 118 in earth-rich, and 115 to Tri-cities airport.
We spoke to our weather expert Mark Ingalls who said we wouldn’t hit the records, but we might be able to break the daily temperature records.
You can read more about the weather ups and downs on Mark’s deep dive here.
As Mark says, it’s hot, so stay indoors if you don’t have to go outside, and stay hydrated with plenty of water.
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