Excessive heat warning in effect starting Wednesday

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued an excessive heat watch for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho which starts Wednesday and ends Friday evening.

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and peak around 110 in some areas, according to the warning. Overnight lows will dip down to the 60s or 70s.

The hottest temperatures are expected to hit each day between noon and 7 p.m. with Thursday likely seeing the hottest temperatures, according to the warning. Limited overnight relief means there will be increased risk for heat-related illnesses and those without access to air-conditioning are especially warned to stay safe.

The warning also stated to keep an eye on livestock and outdoor pets as they too will be at risk of such illnesses. The NWS recommends staying hydrated, spending as little time as possible in the sun and staying in air-conditioned rooms. They also ask that residents check-in with relatives and neighbors.