‘Excessive heat warning’ issued for Seattle

The National Weather Service has issued an “excessive heat warning” through Thursday at 6 p.m. Forecasters are predicting 90+ degree heat through the first half of the week, peaking as high as 98 degrees on Wednesday.

John Gilmore took this amazing photo at SeafoodFest yesterday as firefighters cooled off the crowd. (Copyrighted photo published with permission.)

We just stopped by the Ballard Fred Meyer and discovered plenty of big box fans still for sale for $22.99 each, but you can bet they won’t last long. There are also lots of air conditioners selling right now on Craigslist. So, what’s your strategy to keep cool during the heat wave?


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Gurple
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I'm keeping cool by riding my bike to work.

Um.

I'm guessing that worked a lot better this morning than it will this evening.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

So I guess I shouldn't have just run 12 miles? Seriously, anyone who thinks 90 is hot needs to get out and travel to just about any other part of the country! Cracks me up that the overnight low temperature in Phoenix is considered a dangerously high temperature in Seattle. Then again this is the same part of the country that had to completely shut down because they couldn't cope with a few inches of snow this past winter. I guess it's a good thing that weather that is considered mild in most other parts of the country is considered extreme here.

John
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John

We have an oscillating fan that's sucking in cool air through an open window.

And by “cool air”, I mean that the outdoor air is actually cooler than the air in our apartment.

But really, all the fan does it blow around hot air. Checking the thermostat and thermometer last night around 9:00, it was actually 12 degrees cooler outside than it was in our place.

John
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John

@SeaSpider:

You do realize that most other places that are excessively more hot than Seattle also have central air conditioning? I grew up in the deep South, and it was way more warm than Seattle… but we also could sleep in a cool house.

Phoenix vs Seattle is a completely unfair comparison. It's like comparing Houston, Texas's climate to Burlington, Vermont.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

It's all a matter of perception. I've never lived in Phoenix, and am also not a summer person, so 90 is almost intolerably hot to me.
I once went to Las Vegas in July. Never again.

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if possible, create a cross breeze and try to exhaust the air from inside rather than pull in from outdoors. If you can get a second fan to assist, that's even better.

we're fortunate to have decent cross breezes and are able to keep air moving and push the hot air out.

John
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John

Great idea. Unfortunately, our 2nd oscillating fan met its maker recently. Just decided to stop working about 2 weeks before the heat hit.

Thanks a lot Cheap Fan From Target!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Frozen grapes and frozen wet cloths. Used in different ways, of course.
One of my cats has decided he's not leaving the bathtub. The other doesn't seem bothered at all.
I would recommend keeping yourself and your pets well hydrated.

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90 is hot, relative to normal temperatures around here.

i spent a week in Dallas a few summers ago and we (i stayed with locals) spent our time in air conditioning whenever possible. My friends even said at one time while I was walking out to use their pool, “it's too hot to swim right now” as they refused to leave the AC.

I've never been in a house with AC in Seattle and with so little experience in dealing with the heat, houses stay hot and people feel the heat.

lilredheadgirl
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You need to remember too, that the folks in places like Phoenix are USED to the heat. Many people in Seattle are not, which is why its such a problem.

Not being used to the heat is a recipe for disaster when its like this outside. Unfortunately people tend to be “stupid” about it by not staying hydrated, leaving pets in cars etc.

Stay safe everyone!

Ernie
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Ernie

The other thing about cheap fans is they sometimes go out in a “blaze of glory”, so it's not a good idea to leave them running when you're not home.

For folks out there who have a cool basement with a forced air furnace in it, what I do is open up the door to where the filter is, replace the filter with a piece of cardboard, leave the access door open, and turn on the fan.

The way it works is the cardboard blocks off the cold air return, so the fan draws cooler “basement” air in through the open door, and blows it out the vents, slightly cooling the house. We leave a couple windows cracked so the increase in pressure blows the heat out. We call it the “Seattle AC”

BTW this is an oil furnace I don't know if gas or electric furnaces are laid out the same way.

plumbe
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plumbe

I have to laugh!…everytime someone in seattle complains about the weather, too hot or too cold, out come,s outr self-styled experts to let us know that back in my day…. you dont know what hot/cold is,etc.

In their haste to inform us they forget that 75 is a heat wave if it rarely gets above that year in and out.

I grew up in the deep south without airconditioning but have been here long enough to think 80 is damm hot!

If you want to play Rick Steves please do it elsewhere. I for one am not impressed!

Bella
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Bella

I was just thinking about the heat here compared to other places this morning – besides the fact that they all have a/c, in a lot of places (such as where I used to live in California) if the landscape is desert-like, it often cools down a LOT more at night. I remember it being 100+ during the day, but that the temps would drop to 50 at night. And EVERYONE in California (or so it seemed) had a pool. We didn't, but so many of our neighbors did, we could always go for a swim.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

Ummm…yeah I realize it because I grew up in Phoenix. Do you realize not everyone has the option of staying indoors, 24/7?? Some people actually work outside for a living, even in places like Phoenix where the temps can hit 120.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

Trust me, you NEVER get used to it being 110+ degrees out. It's one of the main reasons I left Phoenix.

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but to address your first point about “excessive heat”, this was issued by the National Weather Service and not the collective sighing and complaining of the locals.

in temps above 90 we are more prone to heat exhaustion and potentially stroke if proper precautions aren't taken. these warnings are issued to alert us to the upcoming conditions and to urge us to be prepared the best we can given our individual circumstances.

not all of us can be gods like you.

Gurple
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My favorite heat-related memory is going to see the Asylum Street Spankers play at the Tractor, and listening to them complain about the heat. They're from /Texas/.

Most people I know who have been in Seattle longer than 10 years seem to think that weather like this is some sort of freak thing. I think they're holding onto perceptions formed in a different time.

Nowadays it gets near or over 90 in Seattle for a couple weeks or so every year. Those couple of weeks are uncomfortable, but not buy-an-AC-unit-worthy, so we grin and bear it and gripe. It's part of the culture, and I find it kind of endearing.

RudyT
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RudyT

For those with furnaces… check to see how to operate the “fan only” setting and get the air moving throughout your house. With the ductwork mainly in the much cooler basement, moving that air throughout the house really helps.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

Depends. Phoenix doesn't cool down at night by very much because it's a valley and also covered in asphalt/concrete. I vividly remember overnight low temperatures of 105 degrees!

Corbeau
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Corbeau

It's just that some of us think some Seattlites are a bunch of whining pansies who can't handle some real weather. They get all freaked out when it gets warm and you get all freaked out when it snows. Some of us find it pretty funny.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

Window fans are awesome for this. We have one sucking in the air and another at the other end of the house blowing it out. Between that and setting our furnace to the “fan only” setting our house only got up to 75 degrees upstairs.

It also helps that I insulated the attic last summer and installed an attic exhaust fan. This is the third house in Seattle I've lived in where there was little to no insulation in the attic. I have to wonder if that's the norm around here and if so it would probably explain why so many people complain about it being hotter in their house than outside.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

who is complaining? this is a post about the national weather service's warning regarding the upcoming heat wave and not some whining about how hot it is. In fact, if predictions hold true, this is to be an historic heat wave for the region with all-time records being shattered.

Heat waves actually are one of the most dangerous weather phenomenon around the world…many more people die from them then hurricanes, tornadoes, and windstorms. Long heat waves, like this one allow for a compounded problem as buildings continue to heat up day after day.

Since you're in such tip-top shape, i hope to see you zipping around helping those who are more prone complications due to this weather.

SPG
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SPG

My strategy is to sweat.
The dog's strategy is to pant.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Las Vegas certainly didn't cool off at night when I was there. Standing in a taxi line after a show in the middle of July. I almost passed out.
Which is why I'm so glad I don't live in Las Vegas or Phoenix. :-)

NoraBell
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NoraBell

You both need more water. :-)