Another round of Hot Temperatures are expected over the next few days. The extended forecast for the Metro area, is calling for temperatures reaching the century mark today and the mid 90's through Monday.
Once again we want to share tips in keeping yourself, friends, family and pets safe during this latest heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest.
A few tips on keeping Family, Friends, and pets safe
- Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you're sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.
- Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
- Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
- Make sure pets have plenty of water.
If you go outside
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler; then gradually build up tolerance for warmer conditions.
- Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun block and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
- At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better.
- Avoid sunburn: Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
But even on hot days, many rivers and lakes in Southwest Washington remain cold.
- Cold water − especially when high or swift − can immobilize even the strongest swimmer in minutes.
- Know the water: Washington waters are cold enough to cause hypothermia even on the hottest summer day. Hypothermia can weaken even strong swimmers.
- Know your limits: drowning often occurs when a swimmer tires.
- Wear a life jacket when swimming anywhere without lifeguards or whenever you boat, jet ski, go tubing or do other water sports.
- Ensure children wear lifejackets. Inflatable toys and mattresses will not keep children safe. By law, children 12 and younger must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or vest on all vessels 18 feet or smaller.
- Never leave children unsupervised in or near water, even for a minute. Drowning can happen swiftly and silently. Supervision requires complete attention, even if other adults are present.
- Always avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.
Looking for Places to Stay Cool?
- Check out local malls, restaurants, theaters and shops, libraries, and community recreation centers.
- Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd Monday-Thursday 5:30am to 9pm; Friday 5:30am to 8 pm; Saturday 7am to 7pm; closed Sunday
- Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30am to 9pm; Friday 5:30am to 8pm; Saturday 8am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
- Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned option for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. Regular Water Center hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5pm on Saturday. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- And Vancouver Parks and Recreation has a fantastic interactive map for locating parks with potable water access.
- Cooling stations are now available at Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street during business hours to provide relief from the expected high temperatures.
- City Hall: M – F 8-5
- Washougal Library: Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm.
- Washougal Community Center: M-Th 9-3 and Friday 4-6