Triple Digit Temps Strike Our Region



It's no secret, if you stepped outside today, you would be walking into a toaster oven.

No matter where you look, triple digit temperatures highlight tickers across our region.

Many people like Anthony Swift say they aren't concerned, in fact, it's an excuse to take the kids out to the park.

"I actually like it, because then you get to take the kids out and bring them out to the water, they like it a lot," said Swift, "I'm used to the heat, I've lived here my whole life."

"It feels nice, definitely swimming pool weather, and snow cones," said Francisco Mendoza.

Despite the near perfect summer time weather, it pays to take extra precautions.

The next few days are expected to linger around the triple digit mark, and that could spell trouble for those who are unprepared.

The Yakima Health District is advising people to stay indoors between the hours of 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, typically the hottest part of the day.  

We asked doctors what kind of tips they can offer in order to avoid any serious injuries from the heat.

"Just stay indoors, some place where you have air conditioning," said Dr. Tom Eglin, "Take care of yourself and your neighbors. When you're outdoors, light colored clothing, make sure you're staying hydrated, big hats to keep the sun off you."

If you absolutely have to be outside, be mindful of the type of sunscreen you're using.

SPF 15 won't cut it, Doctors recommend at least SPF 30.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital says it's only seen one person so far for heat exhaustion.

Doctors say the symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, lightheadedness, dehydration or fainting.