Temperature to inch close to 100 degrees in Issaquah

August 16, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 16, 2012

Expect the temperature to climb to almost 100 degrees in Issaquah on Thursday, as the week comes to a simmering conclusion.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast a high temperature near 96 and sunny conditions for Thursday. Expect a high temperature near 94 and sunny conditions on Friday. The high temperature is expected to drop to a more manageable 82 degrees Saturday.

Issaquah is under a regional excessive heat warning. The alert means the region is in a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures, and the combination of heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. The excessive heat warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.

The city is also under a regional red flag warning, meaning a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures can create explosive fire potential. The red flag warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday.

The heat also creates conditions for smog to saturate the Cascade foothills. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency forecasters issued a heat-related smog advisory for King and Pierce counties.

In the meantime, public health and safety officials reminded residents to use common sense and safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses.

State public health officials recommend for people seeking relief from high temperatures to visit air-conditioned places, such as public libraries, shopping malls or movie theaters.

In Issaquah, city officials monitor the community through the police department and other resources before making a decision to open a public cooling station.

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