Wyatt Podoll, 2, plays in the Rotary Centennial Water Playground at Forest Park in Everett on Saturday. The splash pad reopened over the Memorial Day weekend as COVID restrictions were eased. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wyatt Podoll, 2, plays in the Rotary Centennial Water Playground at Forest Park in Everett on Saturday. The splash pad reopened over the Memorial Day weekend as COVID restrictions were eased. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Summer is here: A scorcher Monday, and warm through the week

The air should cool a bit after Monday, then heat up again. Local waters remain hazardously cold.

EVERETT — Have those handheld fans and swamp fans and window fans ready. Timed perfectly with Sunday’s summer solstice, the heat is here and likely to stay through next weekend.

The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting dry and warm weather this week, with a possible peak in the high 80s Monday for Snohomish County.

“Because we’re not really used to it, it’s going to feel hot for Western Washington,” meteorologist Mary Butwin said.

As school days wane and temperatures rise, people might be drawn to lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. But the water remains shockingly cool and swift, and brush and grass are dry and a fire risk, which prompted calls for caution by emergency responders.

On Facebook, Snohomish County 911 dispatch services posted a flyer with water safety advice: active supervision, buddy system, drink water, wear properly fitting life jackets and use sunscreen. The agency also wrote about hiking safety for people heading to the mountains: Avoid carrying too much weight; bring enough water and food; hike with someone; pack a fully charged cellphone, maps, sunscreen and a first-aid kit; share your plans and route; and stay on the designated trail.

An area of high pressure, the same system that’s created a “heat dome” of 100-degree temperatures in the Southwest, has been building recently, Butwin said.

But Snohomish County’s high Monday will be in the low to mid-80s near the water and in the high 80s inland. After that, temperatures should drop to the mid- to upper-70s, cool somewhat Wednesday, then rise again for the weekend.

The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management shared on social media some quick tips to stay cool at home. The department encourages people to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity, close blinds and curtains, stay in the shade, take a cool bath or shower, and use fans to circulate air.

In 2015, 140 people died from drowning across the state, according to data from the state Department of Health. That year, the most fatal drownings were in King County, with 29, followed by Snohomish County’s 17.

The department says waters around the state can be dangerous, no matter the time of year. In spring, rivers run high and fast from rain and melting snowpack that can “easily overwhelm the strongest swimmer,” the department’s water safety website states. “Even on hot spring days, lakes, ponds and rivers are still cold and are dangerous for swimmers. Hypothermia can occur quickly in very cold water.”

Just because the air temperature soars to near 90 degrees quickly doesn’t mean the water warms that fast. Plus, rivers might have hidden boulders and logs that can tip watercraft.

The dry and hot weather creates conditions for brush fires, Butwin said. But the forest fire risk remains low for now.

“For our area, we’re not too concerned about it,” she said. “We still have plenty of moisture in our forests, in our trees.”

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

Talk to us

More in Local News

The Everett Police Department was investigating a woman's death Sunday morning after a driver hit and killed her on Broadway in north Everett. (Everett Police Department)
Woman killed by suspected impaired driver in Everett

A driver reportedly hit the person, which prompted the closure of Broadway between 17th and 19th streets Sunday morning.

Charges: North Everett murder suspect caught on camera

Jeremiah Stringfellow, 27, is being held on first-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of Naej Belledent, 22.

Police: Snohomish man fled to Oregon after Arlington shooting

The wounded man, 30, was left in critical condition. The suspect, 39, was arrested for investigation of first-degree assault.

A snow plow clears snow off of 92nd Avenue West on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Another dusting, with more snow on the way in Snohomish County?

Light snow showers hit the area Friday morning. Another system was coming in the evening. And yet another next week.

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run collision on Highway 99

Glenn Starks was walking on the shoulder south of Everett when a car struck him, police say. The car’s driver ran away from the scene.

Monroe High School (Monroe School District)
‘Set for the next four years’: Monroe schools levy officially passes

The levy funds 14% of the district’s budget including athletics, extracurricular activities and some transportation services.

The Washington State Patrol was investigating a fatal crash involving multiple vehicles Thursday on Highway 530 near Oso. (Washington State Patrol)
Darrington man identified in fatal 4-vehicle crash on Highway 530

Ryan Gray was driving east of Arlington when he rear-ended a Jeep, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Lisa Lefeber, CEO of the Port of Everett, speaks to a crowd while in front of a sign celebrating the opening of the new Norton Terminal on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Port of Everett christens new Norton cargo terminal

The $40 million terminal took two years to complete and doubles the port’s storage capacity.

Snow lingered outside the office building of Receivables Performance Management on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynnwood data breach exposed sensitive info for 3.7 million across US

Lawsuits allege lax security at a debt collection agency led to the attack. It wasn’t announced for over a year.

Most Read