FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2021
Kent Patton, 425.388.3883
Kari Bray, 425.339.5223
Cooling stations are available in Snohomish County.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Temperatures are expected to increase Thursday and remain hot into the weekend, and residents are encouraged to be prepared.
Snohomish County is part of the excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service for much of Washington state. Temperatures are likely to exceed 95 degrees F in parts of the county. These temperatures can become dangerous to vulnerable individuals and pets who are unable to stay cool.
Those who are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness include infants and young children, older adults, anyone with pre-existing or chronic medical conditions, people with limited mobility, and pregnant women.
There are locations throughout the county where people can go to stay cool. A list of cooling stations is available at www.snohd.org/weather. Please note that this list may be updated throughout the summer.
Cooling stations can include locations such as public libraries, spray parks, malls, and community centers. Remember that people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks in public indoor spaces, and new guidance recommends that vaccinated individuals wear their masks as well. Some locations are taking extra safety precautions and may require masks and physical distancing for all.
Heat can strain the body even with short exposure. The dangers of high temperatures should not be underestimated. The following tips can help prevent heat-related illness:
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both dangerous. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and 911 should be called if someone is exhibiting signs. These include: high body temperature (103 F or higher); hot, red, dry, or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; loss of consciousness.
A flyer with more information on signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion is available in multiple languages at www.snohd.org/weather.