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FEATURE NEWS

WELL WAS IT
HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?

July 28, 2009




It was a sweat bath Monday in the Sky Valley and it'll be more of the same Tuesday and Wednesday.
(SKY VALLEY) -- The weather forecasts were right on the money for Monday. It was a blistering summer day throughout the Sky Valley and the rest of Western Washington on Monday.

Swimming and wading pools were doing a brisk business as well as the few favorite swimming holes in the Skykomish River where the current slows almost to a crawl, like the short stretch of the river at Big Eddy beneath the Skykomish (US 2) bridge east of Gold Bar.

But cooling as a dip into the Skykomish River can be on a hot day, it can also be extremely dangerous.

On Monday firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 3 rescued a mother and her 7-year old boy from the frigid waters of the Skykomish near Monroe where they had been swept downstream while swimming.

Both mother and son were taken to hospital for treatment. Their conditions were unknown.

HOW HOT WAS IT?

So how hot was it in the Sky Valley? We thought you’d never ask. It was so hot…

…The birds in the valley had to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

…Local farmers were feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

…Local cows were giving evaporated milk.

…We saw a fire hydrant begging a dog to water it.

Sure they’re old jokes. What do you expect for no cover charge?

In the raw numbers category here’s what the official temps were yesterday through out the Sky Valley:

Snohomish: 88.9 F

Monroe: 91.6

Sultan: 91.5

Startup: 95.8

Gold Bar: 95.8

Index: 95.8

Baring: 95.8

Skykomish: 95.8


And the National Weather Service says an excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday and an air stagnation advisory remains in effect also until 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s the official forecast for the area:

”Hot and humid conditions are expected through much of this week across the region. High temperatures from the upper 80s to mid 90s will be accompanied by rather humid conditions and only light breezes.

Temperatures at night will remain quite warm, falling only into the 60s for a couple hours late at night in most places. Even hotter conditions are expected Wednesday as temperatures rise well into the 90s with mid 80s to mid 90s still expected on Thursday as well.

In addition the stable air mass aloft will limit the dispersion of pollutants across the area and may lead to deteriorating air quality.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

PLACES TO STAY COOL

Malls & Shopping Centers: most are climate controlled for comfort.

Monroe: the East County Senior Center at 276 Sky River Park, air-conditioned from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Snohomish: the Senior Center located at 506 Fourth Street, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Sultan: the Sky Valley Community Center at 701 First Street, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arlington: there are two air-conditioned locations. One is at the Stillaguamish Senior Center located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and the other is at the Arlington City Council chambers, 110 E. Third Street. The council chambers will be open 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Thursday.

Coffee Shops: most sit down places like Starbucks are air-conditioned. Grab a java and a newspaper and hang out awhile.

Libraries: all the Sno-Isle Libraries are air conditioned with the exception of the libraries at Lake Stevens, Arlington, Langley, and Coupeville.

At night: take cool showers. Pop come ice cubes in a thin towel and constantly dab on face, arms, and upper body.

Protect Your Pets: Check out the Sky Valley Chronicle’s feature story on how to protect your pets in the heat HERE

< WHAT TO LOOK FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY >

Generally throughout the Sky Valley look for temperatures to be in the mid 90’s Tuesday and into the upper 90’s on Wednesday, cooling down to the mid 90’s on Thursday ten into the high 80’s on Friday.

On Tuesday the stretch of Sky Valley from Monroe through Sultan, Startup and Gold Bar could hit 97 degrees and a high of around 101 degrees Wednesday.

Index will be cooler, around 88 degrees on Tuesday and 90 degrees on Wednesday. Baring will be around 97 Tuesday and 99 Wednesday.

And the Skykomish area is going to be blistering with a high around 101 on Tuesday and 103 on Wednesday.









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