With temperatures forecast to climb into the upper 80s in Skagit County this week, the National Weather Service urges those sensitive to heat to take precautions.

“Heat stress and related impacts will be possible,” a media advisory from the weather service states. “Homeless, the elderly, children and those already with health issues are most at risk.”

Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 80s today in east Skagit County and peak Wednesday with highs of 85 in the Mount Vernon area and 87 in the Concrete area.

Those temperatures can increase health risks for children and pets left outdoors or in vehicles, according to the weather service.

While temperatures will cool later in the week, the long-term forecast shows warmer and drier than normal conditions are likely to continue in Western Washington throughout June, according to the weather service.

The coming heat is also a concern for the water supply and wildfire issues associated with drought.

“This (heat) could result in exacerbating drought-related issues across Western Washington,” the weather service states.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

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