Hot spell forecast for July 26-31

The National Weather Service in Seattle has forecast a heat wave for Puget Sound Tuesday, July 26, to Sunday, July 31, with temperatures expected to be in the 90s possibly all of those days. 

While the Weather Service has not yet issued an excessive heat watch, high temperatures can cause health problems, especially for the very young, very old and people with certain medical conditions. 

Here are tips for staying healthy in the heat.

Anyone who will be outside for extended periods should drink plenty of water, seek shade whenever possible, use sunscreen with a high SPF and be alert to signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

If you’re inside without air conditioning, you may want to seek an alternative, such as a mall, movie theater, restaurant or library.

Water options and safety

For those who want to swim, lifeguards are on duty daily at Enatai, Chism and Clyde beach parks, noon to 7 p.m. Meydenbauer Bay and Newcastle Beach parks are closed for swimming until further notice due to high bacteria levels in Lake Washington. Lifeguards just returned to Enatai this week, after repair of the boathouse there was completed.

The water features at the Crossroads water spray playground and Downtown Park’s Inspiration Playground offer some cooling, particularly for kids, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 

If you choose to swim in unmonitored river or lake locations, the water may still be quite cold, so use caution and wear a personal flotation device. 

Source: City News