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National Weather Service issues two-day heat warning for Pacific Northwest

PMG FILE PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Pacific Northwest from Tuesday to Wednesday, Aug. 27-28. Residents should stay indoors if possible, or seek safe ways to cool off. Columbia County — in fact, all of northwest Oregon and parts of southwest Washington, with the exception of the coast — is expected to be hit by a heat wave later this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory Monday that will be effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The heat advisory indicates afternoon high temperatures are expected to between 93 and 99 degrees during those two days. Overnight temperatures will be slow to cool off and lows are expected in be in the 60s for only a few hours on Wednesday, the advisory stated.

The risk of heat-related illnesses increases as temperatures rise and the public is encouraged to check on relatives, neighbors, the elderly, those with health concerns and those who do not have air conditioning.

People who work outdoors are encouraged to schedule frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and be able to recognize the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

If possible, it's recommended to stay indoors and limit time outside. Some public places to cool off locally include the Scappoose, St. Helens and Vernonia libraries. The Columbia City Library is also open from 3 to 6 p.m. during the two-day period when the heat wave is expected to persist.

Additionally, several city parks, including Heritage Park in Scappoose and Columbia View Park in St. Helens, offer splash pads and water fountains.

The Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens also offers public and family swim times at varying times throughout the week.

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