The stable weather across the region should stick around for another few days, but temperatures will warm significantly over the next few days. A low pressure center which passed through the Pacific Northwest will move to the east allowing a slow buildup of a ridge of high pressure onto the Pacific coast. The ridge will strengthen so that by Wednesday high temperatures will hit the mid-90s, and we could see triple digits by Thursday. All that heat will bring a chance of afternoon thunderstorms back into the picture by Friday through the weekend.

An ultra voilet image shows UV rays from the sun as deep violet in color.

An ultra voilet image shows UV rays from the sun as deep violet in color.

July is designated as UV awareness month. UV stands for Ultra-violet, the part of the electromagnetic spectrum the sun emits that can tan or burn the skin. And with all our sunshine, it’s good to remind ourselves of the dangers of the sun’s UV radiation. Some groups are particularly susceptible:

Kids: By the time children turn 18, they will have already been exposed to 25% of their lifetime UV exposure, so it’s critical to push sunscreen habits on them early.

Gardeners: They spend an average of 2.8 hours per week out in the sun. It may look goofy, but a wide-brimmed hat should be part of the uniform.

Seniors: Their skin cells are less able to repair damage from the sun, and there’s evidence that UV increases cases of cataracts. Wear sunglasses!

More Tomorrow…

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