• FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Very Warm Weather Expected this Week in Skagit County

    July 25, 2022
    This morning, July 25, the National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory indicating that a prolonged period of hot weather is expected across Western Washington this week. The hottest days will be Tuesday through Friday with temperatures in the interior of Western Washington (away from the water) approaching the 90s each day, and in the Cascade Valleys (East County) highs will near 90 to 100 degrees. Overnight temperatures will also remain rather warm, only briefly cooling in the mid-60s.
    High heat will significantly increase risk for much of the population, especially those without adequate cooling or hydration, those working or participating in outdoor activities, and those particularly vulnerable to heat including those who are pregnant, infants and young children, older adults (aged 65+), and people with chronic medical conditions. 
    It is advised people take precautions during this extreme heat event. In Skagit County, there are several Cooling Stations available to people who are seeking relief. A list of locations can also be found on our website at www.skagitcounty.net.
     Mount Vernon
    • Lincoln Theatre: Monday-Friday, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Kiwanis Park Spray Pad: Daily, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Burlington
    • Burlington Public Library: Monday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Anacortes
    • Storvik Park Spray Pad: Daily, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    • Anacortes Senior Center: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Anacortes Public Library: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Concrete
    • Upper Skagit Library: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00 AM to 5:00PM and Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Marblemount
    • Marblemount Community Hall: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:00 PM (noon) to 5:00 PM
     
    Other key recommendations for heat safety include:
    • Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible. Consider wearing a mask whenever you are indoors with people who don’t live with you.
    • Keep your home cool by pulling window shades closed throughout the day. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
    • Do not rely on a fan as your only cooling source. While electric fans might provide some comfort, they won’t prevent heat-related illness when temperatures are very hot.
    • Check on your friends, family and neighbors before bedtime. The heat isn’t expected to dip at night, so people who need help may not realize it until much later in the day. Assist those who are vulnerable or at higher risk, neighbors who are elderly, ill or may need help.
    • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids but don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
    • Keep pets safe. Make sure they have plenty to drink. Walk on grass instead of asphalt, which can burn your pet’s paws. Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
    • Wear sunscreen. If you must for outdoors, protect yourself form the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglass and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out and don’t forget to reapply as directed. Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum" or “UVA/UVB" protection on their labels.
    • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them. If you notice symptoms of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), act immediately. Move to a cooler location to rest for a few minutes and seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better. 
    • Follow water safety tips if you go swimming or boating. Remember that swimming in open water is very different from swimming in a pool. It can often be swifter and colder than you think. Be sure to wear a life jacket that fits you.
    For more hot weather safety tips, information about heat-related illnesses, and a list of frequently asked questions related to extreme heat, please visit Extreme Heat | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC.
    Contact:
    Andrea Harrison
    andreah@co.skagit.wa.us, 360-416-1500