Seattle beaches open before region’s first heat wave

As of Saturday, six pools in the area will be manned daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, according to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

SEATTLE — Beginning Saturday, six local beaches will be open in Seattle as western Washington prepares for its first heat wave of the year.

According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, six pools in the area are manned daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

  • Madison Beach1900 43rd Avenue E
  • Madrona Beach853 Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Magnuson BeachPark entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
  • Mt. Baker Beach, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Pritchard Beach8400 55th Avenue S
  • Green Lake western beach7312 W Green Lake Dr.

A continuing lifeguard shortage forced the department to close Matthews Beach, Seward Park Beach, and East Green Lake Beach for the entire summer.

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The beaches offer people a chance to cool off if they follow the National Weather Service (NWS) heat alert for western Washington. The region is now preparing for the first hot spell this weekend.

The recommendation applies to most of the region from Saturday noon to Monday 11 p.m. The recommendation applies from Saturday noon to Sunday 11 p.m. for the north and central coast.

The NWS warned residents of hot conditions with highs in the mid to high 80s on Saturday and low 90s on Sunday and Monday. According to the NWS, overnight temperatures on Saturday and Sunday evening “are likely to cool only to the low 60s for many locations.”

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The persistently warm temperatures carry “a moderate risk of heat-related illnesses”.

Most of western Washington will see highs in the mid to upper 80’s and some lower 90’s on Sunday and Monday. These will be the first 80 and 90 degree days of the year for the region.

The last time Seattle hit 80 degrees was September 9, 2021.

The NWS said residents should try not to be outdoors in the sun between 10am and 4pm and stay in a cool place during the heat of the day.

Weather officials said this warm-up will not match the extremes of last year’s heatwave, but precautions should be taken to stay cool during the heat.

Last year’s record-breaking heat wave brought the highest temperatures ever recorded in Seattle and several straight days of triple-digit highs throughout the Puget Sound region. Temperatures reached as high as 118 degrees in Maple Valley and 116 degrees in Issaquah.

The Washington Department of Health (DOH) said 91 people are likely to have died due to the historic heatwave in the Pacific Northwest from late June to early July. Most of these deaths occurred in King and Pierce counties.

For comparison, from mid-June to late August in 2020, there were only seven heat-related deaths in all of Washington state. From 2015 to 2020, there were a total of 39 heat-related deaths in the warmer months of May through September.

As temperatures rise during the summer months, King County announced its first-ever “Extreme Heat Mitigation” plan on Friday to reduce the impact of future heat

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat has proven to be the number one weather-related killer in the United States.

Here are five ways to stay cool during a heat wave:

  1. Close your blinds
  2. Make sure your ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise
  3. Know when to turn the air conditioner on or off when you’re away
  4. Set your thermostat to the right temperature
  5. In an emergency, place aluminum foil over your windows

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