Our 7day forecast continues to show the first 90 degree heat of the year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke become increasingly likely when temperatures warm into the 90s for multiple days. Right now, I expect temperatures near 90 and warmer this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
As temperatures warm, staying hydrated and limiting physical activity during the heat of the day is advised to protect your health. Here in the Northwest, our hot weather is usually accompanied with low humidity. The heat index is typically the same or cooler than the air temperature, which means we only need to watch the temperature itself. According to the National Weather Service, 95 degrees is the temperature that heat exhaustion can strike even young, healthy people. Warning signs include: excessive thirst, headaches, nausea and muscle cramps.
According to WebMD, the more serious heat stroke takes place when core body temperature reaches 105 degrees. Heat stroke can be deadly. 911 should be called if you or a friend suspect you have heat stroke.
As 90 degree temperatures arrive, please check on elderly friends without air conditioning and remember pets need cool shade and water. You should apply sunscreen, drink lots of water and take it easy during the mid to late afternoon hours when temperatures peak. Heat above 90 degrees for several days can be dangerous, so please be smart and enjoy our summer!
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @