Thirsty Man DrinkingA record-breaking heat wave has surged through the Pacific Northwest this week bringing some of the highest temperatures the area has ever seen in the month of June. Yakima, Washington hit 105 degrees on Monday. That ties the record high for June set on June 23, 1992, but comes 15 days earlier on the calendar.

At least 10 more cities throughout the area saw triple-digit temperatures at the beginning of this week. Many of those temperatures tied or broke record highs. A dry cold front is expected to move through the area late this week, but temperatures are likely to stay above average.

Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be the result of extreme heat conditions like those in the Pacific Northwest this week. As the summer goes on, extreme heat can hit almost anywhere and at any time. Here are 8 tips to help you prevent heat-related illnesses this summer:

  1. Drink plenty of non-carbonated fluids like water or electrolyte-enhancing drinks.
  2. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary fluids, regardless of your activity level.
  3. If possible, stay in cool, air-conditioned areas.
  4. Take cool showers or baths to reduce your body temperature. Sometimes a fan or open window is not enough.
  5. Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting clothing.
  6. Never stay inside a closed parked car.
  7. Limit physical activity during the hottest part of the day, typically 10 am to 3 pm.
  8. Wear a wide-brimmed hat with a vent.

For more information on how you can stay cool when the weather is hot, visit the Extreme Heat and Heat Related Illness sections of the Knowledge Center of your portal. If you have any additional questions, contact your Client Services representative.

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