OKANOGAN — Meteorologists at the National Weather Service have announced a heat advisory covering much of the state, including Chelan, Douglas, Ferry and Okanogan counties, and Idaho.

The advisory will be in effect from noon Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday.

“This heat wave will arrive just in time for the weekend,” a statement from the service said. “If you plan to be active this weekend, be prepared for some of the hottest weather in the last few years.”

The statement encourages people to stay well hydrated and take breaks in the shade from vigorous outdoor activities.

“A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected,” meteorologists said. “Hot temperatures will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

Temperate are expected to be in the 100s with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Earlier this month several record-breaking temperatures were reported as warmer-than-usual weather pushed temperatures into the triple digits across the region on June 8.

According to the National Weather Service’s Spokane regional office, temperatures hit 100 degrees in Omak - 4 degrees hotter than the previous record for that date set in 1931 at 96 degrees

Winthrop reached 97 degrees, up 1 degree from its previous 1977 record. Grand Coulee Dam came in at 96 degrees, up from the previous 94-degree record, also set in 1977.

In Stevens County, Colville thermometers topped out at 97 degrees, up 4 degrees from a 1948 record.

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