The scorching temperatures are predictions for the Tri-Cities just in time for Water Follies next week.
The National Weather Service predicts the hottest temperatures of the year so far next week.
The Weather Channel Forecast temperatures as hot as 111 on Thursday July 28th.
The weather service’s best forecast is 109 that day, but gives a 4% chance of temperatures reaching 110 degrees or more.
Temperatures are expected to moderate a few degrees during Water Follies Weekend July 29-31but will still be above 100, according to The Weather Channel.
The weather service predicts a high of 100 Thursday with possible isolated thunderstorms overnight.
Then the highs are expected to fall in the mid-90s for Friday and Saturday before starting to climb again.
Sunday or Monday should start a three-digit day streak until at least Thursday, according to the weather service. It only forecasts temperatures through Thursday.
The Weather Channel has a 10-day forecast and is predicting highs above 100 from Sunday July 24th through Tuesday August 2nd.
Nights so hot
Nights will provide limited relief from hot weather.
The weather service says lows will be as warm as the 70s next week, with the low expected Tuesday evening at 73.
Normal average highs for the Tri-Cities in July are 93 and normal average lows are 57.
It’s usually the hottest and driest month of the year, with a normal rainfall of 0.15 inches.
Last summer’s temperatures set a new hot weather record of 120 degrees just north of Richland at the Hanford site in eastern Washington.
Four people in Benton and Franklin counties who did not have air-conditioned homes died of heat-related causes in late June and early July, according to coroners in both counties.
People are urged to watch their friends and neighbours, especially the elderly, during the upcoming heat wave.
Extreme weather conditions increase the risk of power outages, and Franklin PUD in Pasco recommends having a plan in place in case they lose power and need a cool place to stay.
Libraries, malls, community centers and movie theaters can all be a place where people can cool off for a few hours indoors.
Electricity bills in hot weather
If you’re concerned about high cooling bills, the Franklin PUD offers some advice:
▪ Set your thermostat to the most comfortable setting. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall air conditioning bill will be.
Avoid setting your thermostat to a colder than normal setting when you first turn on your air conditioner. It won’t cool your home any faster and could lead to overcooling and unnecessary expense.
▪ Avoid using your oven, dryer or dishwasher during the hottest hours of the day.
▪ Use ceiling and oscillating fans to create a “wind chill” effect. The moving air makes the temperature in the room cooler, which allows for a higher thermostat setting.
▪ Close blinds and window coverings during the hottest hours of the day to reduce heat radiation into your home.
▪ Grill outside or use your microwave to prepare your meals.
▪ Turn off lights, televisions and appliances when not in use.
▪ Lower the temperature of your water heater.
Water heating can represent 14 to 25% of energy consumption. Turning your water heater down to the hot setting by 120 degrees can save you a few dollars a month.
With the peak of the heatwave not expected until next week, it’s time to check in and troubleshoot.
A dirty cooling system filter will reduce airflow and could put pressure on the system, causing it to fail, according to the Franklin PUD.
Also check for light leaking around exterior doors due to worn or missing weatherstripping. Weather stripping, which can be purchased at home improvement stores and hardware stores, helps keep cool air in and warm air out.
This story was originally published July 21, 2022 12:39 p.m.