May 12 Update: A heat advisory is in effect May 13 - May 15. Stay informed on the latest weather in our area by following National Weather Service Seattle.
Older adults, young children, people with chronic health conditions or mental illness, athletes who exercise outdoors, outdoor workers, and people without shelter are most at risk when temperatures become hot.
Find a Cooling Center Near You
Bothell Public Library
18215 98th Avenue NE
- Dress in lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Spend more time in places with air conditioning like restaurants, malls, or stores.
- Avoid strenuous activities when temperatures are hot and take frequent breaks
- Find a cooling center near you - King County Cooling Centers, Snohomish County Cooling Centers
Do Not Leave Children or Pets in Hot Cars
Even if a window is cracked open, it only takes a few minutes for parked cars to reach dangerous or even fatal temperatures. Never leave children or pets in hot cars and always look before you lock.
- Many of Washington's waters are unsafe to swim in during the spring, even on the warmest of days. Rivers are swift and high, and many of our region's lakes, ponds, and rivers are cold and can easily lead to hypothermia.
- If you decide to swim in open water, always wear a life vest, and consider swimming in a life-guarded area.
- Stay sober when you are in the water and if you are boating, don't overload the boat and wear a life jacket.
- See King County's tips for swimming safety today.
- Do not rely on fans and cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Weather-strip doors and windows and add insulation to keep the heat out.
- Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside. Avoid using ovens or stoves if possible to help keep temperatures down.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Stroke
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. If someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and then slowly drink a cool beverage. Get medical attention for them immediately if they do not feel better.
If someone shows signs of heat stroke call 9-1-1. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if they are not immediately treated. Symptoms include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F), red, hot, and dry skin, a rapid, strong pulse and nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.