It's going to be a hot one. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of the Puget Sound region and the Southwest Interior from noon today, Saturday, Aug. 4, to 8 pm Sunday, Aug. 5.
Temperatures will climb to the upper 80s to mid 90s at many places today, resulting in the warmest day so far this year.
Overnight temperatures will also be mild and will mainly be in the upper 50s to mid 60s. It will be a few degrees hotter at most places on Sunday, with highs topping out in the lower to mid 90s at many places.
The hot spell will lure many to area lakes and rivers this weekend. If you plan to be in or near open water be water-safe and wear a life jacket.
The National Weather Service advises taking extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. For example, when possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so if you suspect it, call 9-1-1.
If you have pets, ; make sure they have plenty of water and don't leave them in the car if you go out.
--Information from the National Weather Service