SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., June 28, 2021 – A rare once in a 1,000 year heat wave is hitting the Pacific Northwest. Seattle hit a record high of 104 degrees Sunday, breaking the previous record by 1 degree, and is expected to hot 103 degrees today.
The severity of heat waves can vary, but don’t be caught off guard. Here is a list of cooling stations throughout Snohomish County to stay cool today.
Know the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke as the latter can result in death.
Heat Tips from the Snohomish Health District
- Don’t underestimate the dangers of heat. It is one of the most life-threatening weather-related dangers in the U.S., with hundreds of deaths each year, according to the National Weather Service. Heat strains the body even with relatively short exposure.
- If you are working outside in the heat, limit your time and exposure by taking frequent breaks to cool down, hydrate often with water, use sunscreen and stay to the shade as much as possible, and pay attention for signs of heat-related illness, such as headache, dizziness, disorientation, nausea or weakness. Avoid working outside during excessive heat – wait for a cooler day, or a cooler time of the day.
- Certain groups are extra vulnerable to becoming ill from heat exposure. These include: infants and young children, older adults, anyone with pre-existing or chronic medical conditions, people with limited mobility, and pregnant women. If someone in your life fits into one of those groups, be sure to check in with them during hot weather, particularly if they live alone or live in conditions where staying cool can be challenging, such as if they do not have air-conditioning or other cooling options at home.
- No matter what the temperature is, it is never safe to leave a child or a disabled adult alone in a vehicle. The same is true for pets. At home, remember to keep your car doors locked when the vehicle is unattended so that children cannot climb inside to play and get stuck. Temperatures rise rapidly in vehicles and the heat can quickly become fatal.
Remember Snohomish County residents, stay cool and stay safe!