EVERETT — Temperatures climbed toward 90 degrees Monday, and forecasters expect it to stay hot through the coming weekend.
“It’s not going to be changing a whole lot,” said Brent Bower, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. “It’s just going to be hot all week.”
A heat advisory issued Monday included parts of Snohomish County.
It’s not often that the Everett area gets a long hot stretch like this, and people should keep safety in mind, he said.
Children, older adults and pets should not be left in vehicles. The interiors can become deadly hot. If pets are outside, make sure they have shade and water.
People should drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check on friends or neighbors who might need assistance.
Those who work outside should reschedule strenuous activities. If that’s not possible, they should plan on frequent breaks, hydrate, wear light and loose clothing, and watch for symptoms of heat stroke. Those can include a high body temperature, headache, flushed skin, rapid breathing and heart rate, and nausea or vomiting.
“Hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible,” according to the advisory.
The forecast around Everett calls for temperatures in the mid-80s throughout the week. Expect to hit 90 toward the south and east ends of the county, including Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Bothell, Monroe, Sultan and Gold Bar.
The average number of days in July that hit 85 degrees or above in the Seattle area is four, according to the weather service. This month, there have been eight, and that’s not counting the expected high temps this week. It’s likely that the area could break the record, set in 2015, of 12 days.
“We might get 85-plus all week long,” Bower said.
The weekend is expected to get even hotter, passing 90. Next Tuesday and Wednesday could see a cooldown, thanks to a cooler air mass and possible cloud cover, Bower said.
In the meantime, he urges people to be careful as they enjoy the weather. If they head to the water, wear a life jacket and supervise children. On land, be wary of spending too much time in the heat.
“I hate to say avoid the sun, but certainly try to find the shade or air-conditioning,” Bower said. “That will help keep your body cooler. Remember to keep drinking fluids.”
Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; firstname.lastname@example.org.