Hot in Yakima? Find Some Relief This Week
It's expected to be a very hot week in the Yakima Valley and health officials are concerned about people overheating. National Weather Service officials say daytime temperatures are expected to reach between 104 to 109 degrees.
Health officials urge you to find a cool place to spend the day
Health officials say when it gets so hot people suffer from heat related illnesses. Do you have air conditioning in your home? If you don't you're being urged to visit places where you can find some relief like the Yakima Valley Mall, the Yakima Valley Libraries, Wesley United Methodist Church, or other local businesses to remain cool during this time. Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 14 N 48th Avenue in Yakima, will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am 5:00 pm for community members who need a place to stay cool. Health officials have put out a press release talking about various ways to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Please check on your friends and don't forget your pets
Extreme heat can put anyone at risk for heat illness, however health risks are greatest for people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic or mental illness.
Taking these additional steps will help to stay safe:
•Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible.
•Drink plenty of fluids, water is best.
•Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle or outdoors without any protection from the heat for an extended period.
•Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the temperature is the hottest.
•Use sunscreen and wear loose lightweight, light-colored clothing.
•Check on elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying safe.
Some people can get sick in this heat watch for signs
It is important to know the symptoms of heat-related illness to know what to do next. Individuals may experience heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, or heat rash. If you or a family member experience symptoms and begin to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately.