With temperatures forecast to climb into the 80s in the area 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 the foothills with highs in the mid-80s Wednesday in Stanwood. It should be slightly cooler on Camano Island.

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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