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New heat record Tuesday in Olympia: 97 –
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The Thurston County Fair’s 150th anniversary season opener is July 27. How they’ll beat the heat for fairgoers. Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian.

Local Cooling Centers

The National Weather Service is forecasting 90’s through Saturday, with upper 90’s Friday and Saturday. Cooler ocean air returns Monday.

The Yelm Timberland Library, at 210 Prairie Park St. SE, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. People can call 360-458-3374 for more information.

The Rainier Senior Center, at 108 Michigan St. S., will be open as needed throughout the week. For more information, call 360-446-2258. 

The Tenino Timberland Library at 172 Central Ave. W. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To learn more, call 360-539-3329.

+ AARP: How to Avoid Dehydration and Heatstroke – Doctors say older adults are more at risk for heat-related illnesses when temperatures soar

Whew! Olympia sets new heat record on Tuesday

From The Olympian:

The high temperature reached 97 degrees, setting a new record for July 26. The previous record of 96 degrees was set in 1998. Based on the National Weather Service forecast — and a heat wave in 2009 — it looks unlikely that any other records will fall this week. The record for July 27 is 99 degrees, while the forecast expects Olympia to hit 94 on Wednesday. The records for July 28 and 29 were set in 2009, when temperatures reached 101 and 104 degrees, respectively. The forecast is for 95 and 94 degrees.


Olympia wasn’t the only record setter on Tuesday. Record-high temperatures were broken in Seattle and Bellingham as well. Seattle hit 94 degrees at 5 p.m. Tuesday, breaking its 2018 record of 92. Bellingham reached 90 degrees at 5 p.m., breaking its record of 86 set in 1988.

Posted by Steve on July 27, 2022 at 6:52 am | Permalink

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