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Clark County sweats first day of heat wave

Clark County will likely fall short of breaking temperature records on Saturday, but Sunday’s outcome might differ.

The record high for Aug. 16 is a 100-degree day in 2012, and temperatures are expected to match that mark.

As of 4:53 p.m. Saturday, the temperature had reached 98 degrees at Pearson Field, according to the National Weather Service, short of the all-time high of 103 degrees for Aug. 15 set in 1933.

Most of Clark County is under an excessive-heat warning from noon Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. A red-flag warning is also in effect through Sunday for Southwest Washington and Western Oregon, which means weather conditions can fuel rapid growth of fires. On Friday, the Camas-Washougal Fire Department issued a recreational burn ban.

According to CBS News, Clark County is connected to the most far-reaching heat wave of this year. From Texas to Seattle, more than 50 million people will experience temperatures higher than 100 degrees through the middle of next week. More than 150 record high temperatures are expected to be challenged in the same time frame, according to CBS.

The pandemic has diminished local public cooling options, such as libraries and community centers, but there are still some spaces available to seek respite from the heat. ReFuel Washougal and the Washougal Community Center are hosting a cooling center from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The cooling center features an awning with misters and cold water outside the Washougal Community Center.

Shady parks are also recommended as a cooling option.

People can call the Housing Hotline at 360-695-9677 to inquire about shelter, 211 for other community resources and 911 in case of a medical emergency.

Clark County Public Health has advised residents to stay in air-conditioned environments if possible and to try to limit outdoor activities, such as exercise, to times when temperatures are cooler.

Clark County temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-80s by the end of next week.


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