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**EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH ISSUED: The Heat (and Humidity) Has Arrived, Folks

July 26th, 2009 by Matthew Leach

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**An EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH has been issued by the National Weather Service from Monday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Scroll down to read the full report**

Yeah, I was pretty disappointed to find no lightning flashing outside my window last night, but I’ll cut the NWS some slack. Technically, it DID get very stormy across portions of the lowlands, it just didn’t make it to everyone and the heavy stuff was too far north to affect Kitsap. Oh well.

One thing that is for certain, and has been certain for over a week now, is the heat coming our way. The NWS has issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH for several lowland locations, Kitsap being one of them. What is very strange about this upcoming hot spell is of course the heat itself, but also the high humidity. Maybe we didn’t get the thunderstorms last night, but the Kansas City weather is going to be with us. Expect high temperatures in the low 90s early this week climbing into the mid and upper 90s mid week with a modest cool down later this week into the upper 80s and lower 90s. And throughout this period expect dewpoints temperatures to be in the upper 50s and low 60s at night, so it’ll feel downright muggy.

Now here’s the report from the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
337 AM PDT SUN JUL 26 2009

…HOT WEATHER EXPECTED ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK…

.THE WARMEST WEATHER OF THE SEASON IS EXPECTED THIS WEEK AS A
STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE REGION. TEMPERATURES WILL
REMAIN WELL ABOVE OUR SEASONAL NORMALS WITH NEAR RECORD
TEMPERATURES THROUGH MUCH OF THE WEEK.

WAZ504-505-507>509-511-512-270000-
/O.NEW.KSEW.EH.A.0001.090727T1900Z-090731T0100Z/
SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-EVERETT AND VICINITY-
SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-
337 AM PDT SUN JUL 26 2009

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE
HEAT WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

VERY HOT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON THIS
WEEK WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 90S…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE
INTERIOR. NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO BE QUITE WARM…IN THE
UPPER 50S TO MID 60S…BRINGING NO RELIEF FROM THE HEAT. THE AIR
MASS WILL FEEL MUGGY AND UNCOMFORTABLE WITH DEW POINT TEMPERATURES
ALSO IN THE MID 50S TO LOWER 60S. THIS HEAT WAVE MAY PERSIST
THROUGH THURSDAY WITH ONLY A MODEST COOL DOWN ON FRIDAY WITH HIGHS
BACK INTO THE 80S. IT IS RARE FOR SEVERAL HOT DAYS IN A ROW FOR
WESTERN WASHINGTON AS IS THE CASE HERE. IN ADDITION…THIS WEATHER
PATTERN MAY ALSO LEAD TO DETERIORATING AIR QUALITY ACROSS THE
REGION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT
TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND
HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN
WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY
IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP
ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

forecastingkitsap@live.com

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17 Responses to “**EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH ISSUED: The Heat (and Humidity) Has Arrived, Folks”

  1. Donna Says:

    I RECENTLY GOT A NEW FURNACE AND HEAT PUMP WHICH INCLUDED AIR CONDITIONING FROM KCR AND I USE IT ABOUT 4 HOURS IN THE EVENING TO COOL THE HOUSE DOWN ENOUGH SO ITS COMFORTABLE TO SLEEP. THANK GOD FOR KCR!!!! I LOVE THOSE GUYS!! I MAKE SURE THERE IS A PITCHER OF WATER IN THE FRIG AND BOTTLED WATER FOR THE GRANDKIDS TO TAKE WHILE RIDING BIKES, WATERMELON WORKS GOOD TOO!!! BE SAFE EVERYONE AND WATER THE YARD TO PREVENT FIRES IF THE LIGHTENING DOES STRIKE!!

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