East Idaho has recently been hit with scorching temperatures, and it appears that it’s going to stay that way for quite some time.
Greg Kaiser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Pocatello, said forecasts indicate that Idaho could experience above-normal temperatures this summer.
This week’s highs support that prediction.
The temperature hit 99 degrees in Challis on Monday, breaking a previous record of 96 set there in 1939, according to weather officials. The 90-degree temperature in Stanley tied the 2017 record. The temperature also hit 96 in Pocatello on Monday, but that didn’t break any records.
National Weather Service officials issued multiple heat advisories on Monday because of high temperatures.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water,” officials said in the advisory.
Such advice will likely prove helpful in the months ahead as well.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Three-Month Outlook is predicting above normal temperatures for most of the nation through September. It gives Idaho a 50-60 percent chance of being warmer than usual.
The Farmers’ Almanac agrees that it’s going to be a hot summer in many locations.
“According to its time-tested, 200-year-old weather formula, the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a good old-fashioned ‘keep-the-lemonade-coming’ kind of summer, with warmer-than-normal temperatures for most of the nation,” according to an April news release.
The Farmers’ Almanac expects the middle and western portions of the U.S. to be the hottest. The Southeast could see it’s share of “hazy, hot, and humid days,” according to the news release.
But the Farmers’ Almanac also says some areas in the Northwest, including portions of Idaho, could see cooler-than-average temperatures this summer.
No matter what happens in the weeks ahead, it’s a good idea for people to be prepared, especially with the hot temperatures Idaho has been experiencing lately.
AAA officials this week urged drivers to do whatever they can to protect children and pets from vehicles, which can become dangerously hot in the summer months. They say many children die of heatstroke.
“The sad thing is that these tragedies are completely preventable,” AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde said in a news release. “Some drivers get distracted, and forget that they brought a child or pet with them. Others justify their actions by saying it’s a ‘quick errand.’ In the process, they put their own convenience over the safety of others. Both can have deadly consequences.”
AAA officials encourage drivers to put something visible on their keyring to remind them to check for children and pets before they get out of their vehicle. They say it’s also a good idea for people to keep their vehicles locked when they’re not in it.
“In 28 percent of cases, children got into the vehicle on their own and were not able to get out,” according to a news release. “Children should never be allowed to play in a parked vehicle.”
AAA officials also urges drivers to always take their children with them when they stop, even when they’re running a short errand. And they ask the public to call 911 if they see a person or pet who appears to be at risk.
A child’s body temperature rises much faster than an adult’s, officials say, adding that it doesn’t take very high temperatures before they can experience a problem.
“Heat fatalities can occur when the air temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or less, and heatstroke has been documented in temperatures as low as 57 degrees,” according to the news release.
Kasier also urges people to be cautious in the months ahead. He says anyone who is spending time outside should make sure they’re staying hydrated and that their pets have plenty to drink, too.
He also reminds people to be careful when they’re out recreating. The summer’s hot temperatures will quickly dry out existing fuels, which could lead to more wildfires, he said.
“Anyone out and about needs to be careful,” he said.