The National Weather Service is predicting hot weather in the Pacific Northwest from July 25 through July 30, 2022. High temperatures in Western Washington and Western Oregon are expected to be in the 80s in the Puget Sound region, 90s from Olympia south to Eugene, and 100s in Southern Oregon. Highs in Eastern Washington and Oregon, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana are expected to range from the 80s in the north and east, rising to the 100s in the south, lower elevations, and typically hotter locations. Type your zip code or city and state into the box in the upper left corner of https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=42.3236&lon=-122.8756 and click on “Go” for a forecast specific to your locality.
Find an overall map of the greatest danger at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr; in the upper right corner, click the box for “Hazards and Warnings,” and click on “Legend” to complete the map. Navigate and zoom with your mouse and its wheel.
The NWS recommends:
“Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN AND PETS LEFT UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. 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! Call 911.”
For more healthcare-specific information on surviving extreme heat, see https://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/Heat/Heat/Extreme-Heat-Tip-Sheet-2022.pdf.
While a cool and wet spring has reduced the drought level in parts of the Northwest, fire danger is expected to increase with temperatures. For a map of fire danger in your area updated daily, see https://firedanger.cr.usgs.gov/viewer/index.html, using your mouse and its wheel to navigate and zoom. Green means Relatively Safe, Red means Not So Much. The largest areas of Red are in Southeastern Oregon and Southern Idaho.