It was a scorcher of a weekend in the South Sound and officials warn that Monday could be even hotter.
The National Weather Service forecast a high of 92 degrees for the day, which would shatter the 87-degree record at the Sea-Tac Airport station.
Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton said that forecast might be raised a few degrees, too, making Monday the peak of the heat wave that started Friday.
Temperatures are expected to gradually cool to the high 70s by Thursday for Independence Day, but should be in the low 80s again next weekend, he said.
The hot stretch so far has reached as high as 93, on Sunday, but fell short of breaking any records during the weekend.
It’s been a humid heat, Felton said, more so than usual for the region.
“It’s pretty muggy for us,” he said.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord had a slightly higher forecast of 93 for Monday, and 80 on July 4.
A heat advisory from the Weather Service, in effect until 11 p.m. Monday, recommends residents know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, wear lightweight clothing and drink lots of water.
A body temperature above 103 degrees, rapid and strong pulse, continuous vomiting and hot and red skin can all be signs to immediately seek heat-related medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.
Strenuous activity should be rescheduled for the early morning or evening, with frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas, according to the Weather Service.
Swimmers should be aware that area rivers and lakes still are cold enough to be hazardous, the agency said.Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268