What’s all that haze in the air today? Smoke, from fires up north. An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, The Southwest Clean Air Agency, and Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, which is in effect for the Central Coast until 7:00pm Friday. Wildfires burning in the region (mainly in British Columbia north of Vancouver) combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through Friday evening. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems. Limit outdoor activities and keep children indoors when it is smoky. Please follow medical advice if you have a heart or lung condition.
Meanwhile, an Excessive Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for all of Northwest Oregon except the Central Coast, which is in effect until Friday at 11:00pm. Record high temperatures are expected inland again Thursday, climbing to 103-106F. The heat will continue into Friday, with temperatures near 100F likely. Low temperatures are expected to remain warm, dropping only into the mid-60s to low-70s in the valleys. In the foothills and lower Cascades, overnight temperatures will remain very warm at night with lows only in the mid-70s to low-80s. The elderly, people without access to air conditioning, and anyone engaged in prolonged outdoor activities will be particularly vulnerable during this heat episode. Local power demand is expected to be at high levels.
If you’re traveling to the Valley, take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances, even for short periods of time. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car temperatures can reach lethal values in minutes. The Red Cross has a web page devoted to heat-related illnesses here.
High Temperatures Wednesday*…
Lincoln City: 81F
Depoe Bay: 73F
* None of these are records for the date.