The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch from 8/11/2021 12:00 PM to 8/14/2021 10:00 PM PDT for Lincoln County. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures around 100 possible in portions of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. Afternoon high temperatures are expected to rise to 90 to 95 degrees on Wednesday, then continue to increase to 95 to 100 degrees for Thursday and Friday.
Temperatures will remain in the 90 to 95 degree range on Saturday. Additionally, overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 60s during this time, limiting recovery time and adding to an increased risk for heat related illnesses. Many of our Lincoln County communities will still be the "cool" zone our friends, family in the East part of our County could be vulnerable to increased heat conditions. The National Weather Service is predicting high heat temperatures across the Willamette Valley again
Tips on heat related preparedness
- Know your own risks: Vulnerable health conditions. Limited cooling equipment at home-fans, air conditioners to keep cool. Plan to protect yourself and others: Stay informed – local media, National Weather Service Updates. Prepare cooling equipment or purchase if able to do so
-Know where you can go to cool off. Friends/family with air conditioners, community centers when open – identify transportation or checking Lincoln County Transit schedule.
- Steps to take during extreme heat:
Stay in air-conditioned buildings - avoid relying on a fan as your main cooling device.
Limit outdoor activity, especially in the afternoon. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing if you have to be outside. Take cool showers or baths. Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
- Stay hydrated:
Drink more water than usual. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside. Avoid alcohol or liquids with high amounts of sugar. Make sure your family, friends and neighbors drink enough water.
- Know the signs and symptoms when to seek medical care for heat stroke or other heat
OHA - First Aid for Heat Related Illness
CDC – Know what to look for and what to do