The National Weather service has issued a heat advisory for Hood Canal which is in effect from noon today (Friday) to 5 AM Sunday. The locations in the advisory area are mainly the south half of Hood Canal including Shelton and Elma.
High temperatures this afternoon will reach the 80s to lower 90s. Saturday will be warmer with highs from the mid 80s to mid 90s. Temperatures overnight will still remain warm but will finally bottom out near 60 tonight and in the lower 60s Saturday night.
During hot weather, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are more susceptible to the heat, stay inside in air conditioned areas. Avoid leaving children and pets unattended in cars as temperatures inside parked cars can rise very quickly to deadly levels. Remember to apply sunscreen if you are outdoors.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is likely. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9 1 1.