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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Record-setting Heat Forecast for Western Washington this Weekend

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Weather forecasters are predicting record-setting temperatures across Western Washington this weekend, with highs expected to reach the low 100s in North Bend Saturday, June 26 – Monday, June 28th.  With nighttime lows remaining in the low 70s, overnight cooling could be limited in homes without air conditioning.  

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch that runs from Friday afternoon through Monday night, with Monday expected to be the hottest day. 

Current statewide Covid-19 restrictions will significantly limit the ability to establish designated cooling locations in buildings like City Hall, the North Bend library and the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital which remain closed or at limited capacity. 

The City is advising residents without air conditioning to take proactive steps to keep homes as cool as possible during this potential historic multi-day heatwave – and if possible, to consider options like visiting shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants or relatives whose homes have air conditioning. Reminder: never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm/hot day.   

If you’re heading to our local rivers and lakes, we advise caution as the above average mountain snowpack is still melting which has led to fast currents and cold temperatures in local waterways. Cold water and fast currents can quickly overcome swimmers. Heading out on a boat? Don’t forget your life jacket. 

Remember, during times of extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Older adults, children, sick and overweight individuals are at greater risk of the effects from extreme heat. 

During Periods of Extreme Heat: 

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid strenuous activities. 
  • Wear light clothing. 
  • Find air conditioning.
  • Check on family members and neighbors. 
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car. 

Tips to Keep your Home Cool: 

  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.   
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades. 
  • Keep windows closed to keep heat out. 
  • Weather-strip doors and windows. 
  • Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside. 
  • Add insulation to keep the heat out. 
  • Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic by clearing hot air. 
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them. 

Symptoms of Heat-related Illnesses and What to Do: 


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