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Joint Base Lewis-McChord announced that an excessive heat watch is in effect today via their official facebook page. The JBLM area is experiencing excessive heat with current conditions reaching Heat Cat 5 (Very High Risk). Drink water frequently, avoid alcohol intake, avoid sun exposure, and avoid strenuous activities. MWR facilities with air conditioning are open. Air-conditioned facilities, splash parks, and pools are open on base. For more info, visit weather.gov

Dangerously hot conditions have been hitting Washington State since Friday afternoon and are likely to continue through Tuesday afternoon. Highs are in the 90s and over 100 Saturday through Tuesday in western Washington. Extreme heat increases the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly if working or participating in outdoor activities.

BE PREPARED

  • Monitor weather forecasts.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, go to an air-conditioned location if available, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
  • Do not leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles under: interior temperatures can reach lethal levels in minutes.

COOLING STATIONS

The following air-conditioned MWR facilities are open this weekend:

  • Eagle’s Pride Grill (off Exit 116): Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Bowl Arena Lanes (Lewis Main): Saturday and Sunday noon-7 p.m.• Warrior Zone (Lewis North): Saturday 2 p.m.-midnight
  • Habanero Mexican Grill (McChord Field): Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • McChord Field Library (McChord Field): Saturday noon-5 p.m.

GO SWIMMING

  • Cool off at JBLM splash parks, Shoreline Park and Summer Cove. No lifeguards will be on duty; keep watch over your children while swimming or wading. Reserve your time (up to 2 hours) at McChord Field Pool by calling 253-982-2807 (walk-ins welcome on a space-available basis); lifeguards are on duty.
  • Make sure you and your kids drink plenty of water during daytime outdoor activities, including water fun — heat illness can come on suddenly (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps). Don’t leave anyone in the car, including pets, even if you’re gone for a few minutes.
  • The only authorized swimming locations on JBLM are MWR pools and designated areas on American Lake. Swimming is not authorized in any body of water in JBLM training areas on base, to include Sequalitchew Lake on Lewis North, and the Nisqually River.

Due to the excessive heat advisory, the Rifle & Pistol Range, Shotgun Shooting Complex and Auto Skills will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The Summer Reading Program laser tag event has been rescheduled to July 10. CYS youth sports activities set for Saturday will be rescheduled. Changes to Monday afternoon/evening activities and sports will be announced Monday as needed.

In addition to JBLM air-conditioned centers, here are cooling center locations in Pierce County: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=984. Pierce Transit is offering free roundtrip bus rides to cooling centers starting Friday through Monday: https://www.piercetransit.org/news/?y=2021&id=515.

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