Excessive heat looming across Yakima & Kittitas counties through Friday


YAKIMA, Wash. — Temperatures are exceeding 100 degrees across the Mid-Columbia Basin; extending through central Washington as an excessive heat warning comes into effect for both the Yakima Valley and Kittitas Valley.

A notice issued through the Alert Yakima system on the morning of August 17 warns that excessive heat will be in effect until 11:00 p.m. PST on Friday, August 19. This will impact the Eastern Columbia River Gorge including parts of Oregon, Yakima county, Kittitas county and the Simcoe Highlands north of Goldendale.

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Impacted cities include Yakima, Ellensburg, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Naches, The Dalles, Thorp, White Salmon, Goldendale, Bickleton, and Arlington. In parts of the region, highs could reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

People passing through or residing in these areas may experience a higher possibility of heat-related illness. It’s advised that outdoor work or activities be limited or in some cases, delayed until temperatures begin to cool over the weekend.

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So how can you stay safe in these conditions? Well first and foremost, get out from under the sun whenever you can. Drink plenty of fluids, visit air-conditioned areas, and keep elderly or at-risk family members and neighbors in mind. Do not, under any circumstances, leave kids or pets alone in hot cars.

Temperatures are expected to fall back under 100 degrees over the weekend, and while it will remain hot outside, temperatures shouldn’t be considered excessive at that point. However, weather authorities and state agencies could extend the warning if temperatures stay high.


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