DOH offers tips to stay cool and safe
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting above-average temperatures for areas across Washington this upcoming July 4 and for the remainder of the week. While warmth and sunshine are often welcome news over a summer holiday week, it is also important to keep in mind high heat is the most dangerous weather seen in Washington.
According to the NWS, there is no rain in the forecast until at least Thursday. Dry conditions, combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity will lead to elevated critical fire weather conditions across the state this week. People should take steps to prepare to safely enjoy the holiday.
Moderate to extreme heat can lead to dehydration, exhaustion, injury, and death. Infants and young children, older people, and those with health conditions and access or functional needs are especially at risk. Outdoor laborers are also at increased risk. During the 2021 heat wave,100 people died from preventable heat-related causes over the course of just one week.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has these tips for staying cool and safe during heat events:
• Watch the forecast. K