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Heat advisory issued starting this weekend

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory today, Friday, June 24th, that will be in effect between noon on Saturday through 11pm Monday.

According to the advisory, which covers areas between western Whatcom County and the southwest Washington interior, high temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 80s on Saturday and in the low 90s on Sunday and Monday.

Overnight temperatures are expected in the 60s Saturday night and Sunday night.

The advisory warns these “hot conditions will increase the risk of heat- related illnesses for those who are sensitive to heat, especially those without effective cooling or adequate hydration.”

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911. For sheltering information and other human services in your area, dial 211 during business hours or visit anytime.National Weather Service heat advisory (June 24, 2022)

Officials with the Whatcom County Department of Emergency Management warn that “the Nooksack River temperature will be very cold as the snowmelt will keep the river water temperatures around the 40-degree mark or a little higher. Be very careful if planning any activity in the water as cold-water shock or hypothermia can occur quickly.”

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