Get ready for another day of triple-digit temperatures in the Tri-Cities on today.
Daily temperature records fell in the Tri-City area Monday, including in Richland and at Hanford, with high temperatures about 20 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.
At the Richland airport the high was 102 degrees Monday, beating the previous record high of 101 set in 1948. At the Hanford Meteorology Station the high was 105, beating the previous record there for June 8 of 100, also set in 1948.
The Hanford Meteorology Station also set a daily temperature record Sunday. The high was 102, beating the previous record of 100 set in 1977.
At the Pasco airport the high was 104 on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Today likely will be the third day in a row of temperatures reaching at least 100 in the Tri-Cities. The high Sunday at the Pasco airport was 100. Today the high is forecast to hit 101 there about 4 p.m
Usual highs for the Tri-Cities in the second week of June are about 81 or 82 degrees.
Temperatures have not been this warm in the Tri-Cities since early August 2014, according to the weather service. With a heat wave before summer even officially starts this year, people have not yet acclimated to such high temperatures this year.
The weather service gave common-sense advice to get through the hot spell: Don’t leave children or pets in parked cars, check on the elderly or other home-bound residents, and drink plenty of water.
The Umatilla County Health Department recommended staying indoors when the sun is most intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and when the weather is hottest between 5 and 7 p.m.
If you have to work outdoors, pace yourself, recommends the Centers for Disease Control. Start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity, says the CDC. Get into a cool area or at least in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint.
Temperatures should start to gradually cool in the Tri-Cities after today.
Wednesday and Thursday high temperatures should drop to the high 90s, and by Friday through Monday they should be down to the high 80s.