National Weather Service extends heat advisory
UPDATED: The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for areas of the Greater Portland Metropolitan region, which has now been extended until Thursday night.
The heat advisory was originally put in place at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon until Tuesday night, but the NWS extended the advisory for at least two more day, and includes a swath of cities in the Portland metro region, central and south Willamette Valley, western and central Columbia River Gorge and greater Vancouver, Washington, area.
For now, the advisory is set to end at 10 p.m., Thursday, July 26.
While Columbia County was not specifically identified in the advisory issued Monday morning, weather forecasts for the region, which are measured at Scappoose Industrial Airpark, indicate high temperatures will affect the area.
Daytime highs are expected to be in the mid-90s and overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to 50s. Overnight temperatures are expected to cool slowly and will likely still measure in the 70s around midnight in urban areas, the NWS release added.
Residents should remain indoors, drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated, and use air conditioning, if possible. Children and pets should not be left outdoors or in parked vehicles.
Use safety precautions when using bodies of water to cool off as well. Wear a lifejacket in rivers, lakes or oceans.
Relatives and neighbors should also check on one another, especially those with health sensitivities or limited access to cooling.
Anyone working outdoors should schedule frequent breaks and rest in shaded areas. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and heat stroke is also important.
If someone is believed to be suffering from heat stroke, call 911.