We’re usually talking heat on our WeatherNation shows and web articles this time of the year, but the difference each time is the location. The nation’s next heat wave is taking aim at California and Oregon where all-time records may be broken.
The hottest core of the air will settle upon the Western United States Monday through Friday this week, just as we turn the calendar to August on Tuesday. Temperatures will be hitting the century mark in many cities, even approaching 107 to 108 degrees in a few spots. Those kind of numbers may be near all-time highs, according to the National Weather Service.
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) July 29, 2017
To put this all into perspective for you, these numbers will be as much as 10 to 15 degrees above average high temperatures for this time of the year. When can we find some relief? Well, it looks like the late overnight and early morning hours are your best bet to avoid the sweat beads. On the opposite side of the spectrum, hottest hours will be between noon and 8 p.m. local time.
Here’s what you can do to stay safe. Avoid excessive exercise and wear/tear on your body during these hottest hours. Seek shade, not sun (at least take in sun in moderation). Check in on friends or neighbors who may not have a proper cooling source. Keep an eye out for people who may have left children or pets in vehicles. More and more states are now making it legal to take action if people leave kids/pets in the car.
Of course, you could always head to the beach for relief. Water temperatures are generally in the 60’s not far from these heat alerts. It’s a bit chilly so you’ll want to be careful if you’re not used to it, but it may be some nice relief!
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier