No record heat yet but wait until early next week

Staff writerJuly 11, 2014 

  • No sweat

    If the weather’s getting to you, consider stopping by these cool spots:

    Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 S. C St., Spanaway; hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

    South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, Puyallup; hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

    Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E.; hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday.

    City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 E. Main St.; hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday and Tuesday.

    Mid County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave. E in Tacoma; hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

    Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St.; hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

    Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lake Blvd.; hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday

    Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. Gig Harbor; hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday to Thursday.

    Source: Pierce County Department of Emergency Management

Sweating South Sound residents didn’t get close to record heat Friday but they might see that happen early next week.

The heat streak will continue over the weekend and is expected to top off Monday at 92 degrees. Lower temperatures are expected by mid-next week, said Jay Neher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Friday’s high was 88 at Sea-Tac Airport and 88 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The record for the date is 98, set in 2007.

The record high for July 14 is 91; for July 15 it’s 92.

Officials urged residents to take precautions over the next few days by staying hydrated, not overexerting and by taking advantage of air-conditioned public buildings.

They also recommended keeping an eye on those most sensitive to the heat. That includes infants, children and people 65 and older.

They also advised residents not to leave children or pets in parked cars, even with the windows cracked open.

In response to the heat, the state Department of Natural Resources expanded a burn ban to include fire-protected land west of the Cascades. The ban will run through Sept. 30, the agency said.

People with hose with DNR burn permits were advised to call 1-800-323-BURN for more information.

In Pierce County, the fire marshal declared an indefinite burn ban in the county.

The ban covers outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property with the owner’s permission.

Using gas and propane stoves and barbeques is allowed under the ban.

Ryan Tarinelli: 253-597-8670

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