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Prepare: Heatwave this Week 

The entire Pacific Northwest is getting heat this week. The highs could skyrocket into the 90s. Many people do not have air conditioning in Seattle, so people are being asked to take precautions. Experts are sending out information on various platforms. Some important advice includes limit time in direct sunlight. Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets. Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.

Starting Tuesday, a heatwave takes hold around the Pacific Northwest. Due to three ingredients (high pressure, a “thermal trough” and north/northeasterly winds), highs become blistering. The 90s are possible Tuesday through Friday; highs will flirt with records. 

The nights will be cooler but not at first. Overnight lows will only dip down to the mid 60s, and it will take all night to do so. This means it will be incredibly horrible sleeping weather, and on top of the discomfort: the risk for heat-related illnesses will spike in a major way. 

People are also being asked to take extra care of the vulnerable people such as children and seniors. Special needs relatives as well as pets and plants are also vulnerable. Those without an A/C at home are asked to go to a cooling center or a building with A/C to give your system a break. Most importantly is to stay hydrated.

Washington has many cooling centers. People are asked to find the information online. Also call ahead of time to see if the cooling center is open. 

Hot weather precautions from the Washington Department of Health: 

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.

Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and light.

Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.

Salt tablets should only be taken if specified by your doctor. If you are on a salt-restrictive diet, check with a doctor before increasing salt intake.

If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure.

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.

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