...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON INTERIOR... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE WARMEST WEATHER OF THE SEASON WILL LIKELY OCCUR IN THE INTERIOR OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON BEGINNING MONDAY AND LIKELY CONTINUING AT LEAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS WILL BE IN AT LEAST THE UPPER 90S ON MONDAY...AND POSSIBLY REACH OR EXCEED 100 TUESDAY AND AGAIN WEDNESDAY. MANY AREAS OF THE CASCADES AND IN THE COAST RANGE WILL LIKELY PUSH WELL UP INTO THE 90S DURING THIS PERIOD AS WELL. IN ADDITION...LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE RISING AS WELL INTO THE 60S... RESTRICTING ANY RELIEF AT NIGHT.
Here at OEM we normally deal with disasters, but heat waves can be deadly for people who are unprepared to handle them. Personal preparedness is not just important for disasters! It can save your life during day-to-day changes like this heat wave. The weather service has some great tips for preparing for the heat.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
The CDC recommends that if you must be out in extreme heat to drink 2-4 cups of water an hour and don't wait until you are thirsty. Make sure to wear sunscreen, and if you need to be active to drink sports drinks to replenish salts and electrolytes that your body will sweat out. Pace yourself, and stay safe. Hot weather doesn't have to stop us from being active but we do have to be careful as heat stroke can be life threatening.
OEM is responsible for coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery activities with State of Oregon agencies, local emergency agencies, and emergency organizations.