Temperatures are expected to be well above normal this weekend, reaching the upper 80s and low 90s. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Normal activities like exercise, hiking, biking, sports, and working in the yard could become dangerous if people do not stay hydrated and dress appropriately. If you are planning to attend events, such as the Taste of Tacoma at Point Defiance Park, you are encouraged to plan ahead by bringing extra water and sunscreen.
Pierce County’s Department of Emergency Management reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as possible, stay hydrated, and to check on elderly relatives and neighbors during this time. They also recommend checking on those with chronic health concerns as they might be more susceptible to heat related illnesses.
Do not leave children or pets in cars unattended - temperatures can quickly become deadly.
Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in public buildings such as Pierce County libraries, local malls, movie theaters, and other large stores.
With the hot weather occurring over a weekend, more people may be out along area rivers. With the transition from late spring to summer, rivers are still carrying some snow pack run-off and can be quite cold. People seeking relief from the heat by swimming in rivers risk cold shock and possibly drowning if they are not careful or prepared.
For more information on those most at risk and how to avoid heat-related illnesses visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department or the National Weather Service websites. For hot weather safety information in English visit http://bit.ly/1Kd5FM5. Click here for large print, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, or Vietnamese. Click here for Water Recreation Tips from the Washington State Department of Health.
Sarah Foster, Public Information Officer