The National Weather Service in Portland has issued an excessive heat watch for many parts of Oregon, including Benton County and Philomath, from noon Wednesday to 10 p.m. Saturday. Dangerously hot conditions with triple-digit temperatures and minimal overnight cooling are possible.
The NWS reported that the hottest days are expected Thursday with Friday being slightly cooler. The forecast for Philomath predicts highs of 100 on Wednesday, 101 on Thursday and 98 on Friday with overnight lows in the mid to low 60s. Beginning Saturday, it cools off a bit with a high of 91 and then in the 80s from Sunday forward.
Locally, Philomath Fire & Rescue’s Station 201 at 1035 Main St., is available as a cooling center. Fire Chief Tom Miller said nothing formal has been established but the building is available for those in need.
“If someone shows up, we will let them in,” Miller said. “We always want to keep the public safe.”
The Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Human Services urge the public to take proactive actions to help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Those lead agencies continue to coordinate statewide needs and resources and assess impacts. They are collectively sharing and amplifying heat-related messages to the public, encouraging Oregonians to stay safe and drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, take advantage of cooling centers, remain out of the sun and check in on neighbors, friends and loved ones.
“We know excessive heat conditions can be extremely dangerous and must be taken seriously,” OEM Director Andrew Phelps said. “We are asking Oregonians to pull together and prepare for the inevitable effects of high temperatures. Take time now to make a plan to stay cool as temperatures rise – make sure your plan includes connecting with friends, family or neighbors who may be susceptible to extreme heat and offering to help them access the resources they need. The simplest act to help can save lives.”
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