SEATTLE — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory beginning today and extending through Monday for the West End and much of Western Washington saying that temperatures will soar into the low 90s for Forks, La Push, Neah Bay and other areas down the Pacific coast to Portland, Ore., as well as South County communities such as Quilcene and Brinnon.
At the same time, temperatures will be more restrained for the central part of the Peninsula, with high temperatures in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend expected to reach only the high 70s.
The National Weather Service has said that a strong ridge of high pressure is moving into the area, with an upper level low coming in Monday to put a lid on temperatures.
Easterly winds tend to develop during heat events, said Jacob DeFlitch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. Those dry, sloping winds flow down the sides of the Olympic Mountains, while winds off the Strait of Juan de Fuca will keep temperatures somewhat cooler in the center.
“It’s still on the warmer side,” DeFlitch said. “Temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal through at least Thursday.”
People in Forks are excited by the prospect of higher temperatures, according to Lissy Andros, executive director of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.
“Everyone’s so happy to have sun and heat,” she said Friday, adding that residents are fed up with cool, cloudy days.
“A lot of yard work is going to get done,” Andros said.
The mood is the same at Forks city offices, but in recognition of the danger higher heat can have for some, the Clallam Transit center at 551 S. Forks Ave., will open during the daytime to provide shelter and water.
Also, the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In East Jefferson County, it was not known by noon Friday if cooling centers will be set up.
Statewide information on cooling centers can be found through calling 2-1-1.
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