It hasn’t rained since June during this summer dominated by sunshine and warmth, so obviously Mother Nature feels like throwing in a twist.
Ready for the heat? It looks like a four-day heat wave (at least by Washington standards) is quickly approaching.
The National Weather Service (NWS) this morning upgraded an excessive heat watch to an Excessive Heat Warning, meaning the heat has gone from being a possibility to a reality.
The warming starts Tuesday afternoon, August 1st and runs through Friday evening, August 4th. Wednesday and Thursday could bring widespread record highs across the Puget Sound region, with Thursday being the hottest day.
How hot? Well, maybe not quite as hot as late July 2009 when spots in North Bend crossed 110 degrees, but close. Currently low 100’s are the predicted high temps in the Snoqualmie Valley on Thursday.
What may leave you feeling uncomfortable is the length of this hot stretch. Temperatures should start creeping toward 90 degrees Tuesday, reach a peak of low 100’s on Thursday and then hover in the 90’s through Saturday.
Overnight low temperatures aren’t predicted to dip below 60 degrees until Saturday night, making it more difficult to cool off homes that don’t have air conditioning or basements.
The National Weather Service says this prolonged period of “unusually hot weather can create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.” NWS advises drinking plenty of fluids, staying out of the sun and checking on relatives and neighbors.
So enjoy this sunny Monday, which should be around 84 degrees and the coolest day we’ll see for a while in the Valley.
AND – if you’re heading to our rivers or lakes, be safe and remember that these local waterways are still cold and running strong in many areas – so use caution.
Both North Bend and Snoqualmie typically offer public cooling areas during heat waves – like libraries, the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA and the North Bend Senior Center. We’ll update this article later if/when those cooling spots are announced.
7-day Weather Forecast for Snoqualmie