Excessive Heat Warning in Effect & Air Quality Advisory Issued

Posted on August 16, 2023

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions. Afternoon high temperatures 95 to 103 for today, with the warmest temperatures in the Willamette Valley. It will be a bit cooler for Thursday, with highs 90 to 95.

* WHERE…In Oregon, Greater Portland Metro Area, Central Willamette Valley, South Willamette Valley, Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills and Cascade Foothills in Lane County. In Washington, Greater Vancouver Area.

* WHEN…Until 11 PM PDT this evening.

* IMPACTS…Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

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 9 1 1.

For sheltering information and other human services in your area, dial 2 1 1 during business hours or visit 211info.org in Oregon or wa211.org in Washington

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FOR SMOG REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY...

The Southwest Clean Air Agency and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory due to elevated levels of ozone pollution, or smog. The advisory covers the Portland-Vancouver metro area to the Salem area. The advisory is in effect until 6 AM Thursday.

Air quality agencies expect pollution to reach levels that could be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, pregnant people, older adults, and people with heart disease or respiratory conditions. Health officials recommend that people limit outdoor activity when pollution levels are high.

More information about air quality can be found at:

www.swcleanair.gov

www.oregon.gov/DEQ

www.lrapa.org

oregonsmoke.org

 

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