Heat Advisory issued for Columbia Basin with temps expected to hit the hundreds

PENDLETON, Ore. — For the first time in 2022, temperatures are expected to reach triple-digits as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Heat Advisory for the entire Columbia Basin; extending across southern Washington and northern Oregon on Monday, June 27.

According to the NWS team operating out of Pendleton, a “Significant” heat risk has been applied to major cities including Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Yakima, Walla Walla, Pendleton and Hermiston. Of five heat risk levels assessed by the NWS, “Significant” ranks fourth—only behind “Extreme.”

The heat advisory will last from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. with those exposed to the sun for prolonged periods at risk of experiencing heat-related illness. Precautions include drinking plenty of water, staying out of the sun in air-conditioned rooms and rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities.

Columbia Basin

Image via NWS Pendleton, Twitter

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If you plan to spend time outside for work or otherwise, you’re encouraged to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. Take breaks often and work in the shade whenever possible.

Impacted regions, as outlined by the NWS and Benton County Fire Protection District #2, include the Lower Columbia Basin of Oregon, Yakima Valley, Lower Columbia Basin of Washington and Foothills of the Blue Mountains of Washington.

Please be advised that warm and dry conditions increase wildfire risk across the Northwest.

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