The Washington Department of Ecology has issued an air quality alert which is in effect until noon Thursday.
Smoke from wildfires in Washington and British Columbia is expected to affect these areas at different times. Air quality will vary from between good and unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Children... the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses are the most at risk of serious health effects. For more information go to wasmoke.Blogspot.Com or speak with your physician.
It will be unusually hot in the typically cooler parts of western Washington this week. This includes central and North Washington coast, part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the northwest interior, and the Olympics and Cascades. Wednesday and Thursday will be the hottest days with record highs likely. Highs will be mainly in the 80s to lower 90s on Wednesday, and in the mid 80s to mid 90s on Thursday.
There is also an excessive heat warning is in effect Tuesday afternoon through Friday for the western Washington interior lowlands from the Everett area southward.
It's smart to drink plenty of fluids, seek air conditioned areas, and avoid prolonged outdoor activities during heat waves. The elderly and small children are most at risk from the heat. Do not leave children and pets in cars, even with cracked windows. Heatstroke can occur quickly in vehicles resulting in illness or death.