North Kitsap residents stay cool during heat spell

Robert May cools off his daughter, Emmy May, 2, with a shower from a garden hose.                                   - Cherrie May / Contributed
Robert May cools off his daughter, Emmy May, 2, with a shower from a garden hose.
— image credit: Cherrie May / Contributed

POULSBO — Neither fire department in the north end of Kitsap County had to respond to a significant number of emergencies during the heat wave last weekend.

“No news is good news,” Poulsbo Fire spokeswoman Jody Matson emailed the Herald.

Poulsbo Fire opened an air-conditioned room to the public at its headquarters July 1 for anyone who needed to cool off; Matson said nobody used it. Poulsbo Fire did not respond to any heat-related calls, according to Matson.

The call volume increased slightly for North Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Emergency crews responded to eight calls June 28, nine on June 29 and June 30, and 16 on July 1. The department typically responds to about seven calls per day. However, NKF&R spokeswoman Michele Laboda said “few of the incidents appear to be directly related to the heat.”

“It’s getting cooler now, and we’re glad about that,” Laboda said.

“I think folks have really been attentive,” she added regarding the heat spell.

The National Weather Service issued a heat warning for most of the Puget Sound area through July 1.

Temperatures reached upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit according to the weather station at Central Market in Poulsbo — with a slightly higher humidity, according to the weather service.

During high-heat days, the weather service suggests rescheduling strenuous activity to the morning or evening, and to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and drinking plenty of water.

An excessive heat warning means there is a prolonged period of hot temperatures. A combination of high temperatures and humidity combine to create risk to heat-related illness.

In Poulsbo, a cooling trend is expected to continue through Friday, as temperatures decrease to the low 70s and high 60s. Temperatures are expected to increase to the mid-70s during the weekend.

Kingston is expected to be cooler, with temperatures in the low-70s. Ditto for Hansville, which is expected to have a high of 68 degrees Saturday, and 69 degrees Sunday.


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