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Another Heat Wave Hits

8/8/2018, 11:14 a.m.
Everyone is advised to wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

An excessive heat warning was issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday for the Portland area for the second time this summer with temperatures forecast to approach 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday before lower temperatures bring some relief by the weekend.

Washington County Public Health is reminding people to take precautions over the next few days to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, older adults, infants, children under four, people with chronic medical conditions, and those experiencing homelessness. Everyone is advised to wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

“If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, find a place to stay cool. Consider visiting a library or indoor shopping mall to get away from the heat,” says Deputy Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann. “Also, please remember to check on any vulnerable neighbors.”