I’d like to start with this weather story by a song by Glenn Frey, “The Heat Is On.” No, I’m not going to sing, but the song fits what we’ll go through next week.
The early models had the Valley in the triple digits for next Wednesday and Thursday, but have backed off a tad. Saturday isn’t looking too bad right now with a high of 77°.
Then on Sunday, that’s when the weather pattern starts to change. As you can see in the chart below, the temps start to increase. It’ll be a warm week, with a slight temperature dip starting next Friday. The low temps for a few days will be close to 70°. It won’t be easy to cool your house down at night with those lows.
The South Sound will be hotter than us for a change. This map shows Washington highs for Thursday. The white flag is North Bend for reference.
Please remember these temps can change either way cause we are still a few days out from the high temps. The initial models had us at triple digits for next Wednesday and Thursday, which is still possible.
A note on your pets during a heat wave; please do not leave pets in your car. Even with windows cracked, the temps can be 10° to 20° higher in your vehicle.
Also, while walking your pets, the pavement can burn their paws very quickly. If the pavement is too hot for your feet, it’s too hot for theirs and will burn.
Stay cool out there.
According to the City of North Bend, the National Weather Service is forecasting an extreme heat warning that could run from Tuesday through Friday. They have provided some health and home cooling tips for residents.
During extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Older adults, children, sick and overweight are at greater risk of the effects of extreme heat. Learn the warning signs of heat illness by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html.
During Periods of extreme heat:
- Find air conditioning.
- Avoid strenuous activities.
- Wear light clothing.
- Check on family members and neighbors.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
- Minimize extended time outside.
- Take a tepid shower or bath to cool down.
Tips to Keep Your Home Cool:
- Limit the use of electronics, as this contributes to heat generation.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Cover windows with drapes or shades.
- Keep windows closed to keep heat out.
- Weather-strip doors and windows.
- Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
- Add insulation to keep the heat out.
- Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic by clearing hot air.
- Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.