Thurston County & western Washington residents should prepare for the apocalypse – we’re expecting temperatures to shoot to near 100 degrees next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Models have been pointing to temperatures anywhere from 85 to 105 and the temperatures are increasing with each model run. At this point, we’re going with 100 for Wednesday with 95-98 on Tuesday and Thursday.
The American Red Cross has the following advice for preparing for excessive heat:
- Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
- Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for power outages.
- Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
- Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
- Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
- Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.