WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: What you need to know, now that the ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ has been extended

5:07 PM: The bird photographed by Jerry Simmons had the right idea – a quick dunk to cool off. You’re going to have to keep the stay-cool tactics going – though temperatures will drop a bit after tomorrow, not that much, so the National Weather Service has just extended the Excessive Heat Warning alert an extra day, until 11 pm Tuesday. 90s are expected for the high that day, not 100+ like yesterday/today/tomorrow, but it might feel that way: “Temperatures lingering in the upper 90s on Tuesday with potentially dangerously hot heat index values up to 111.” Here again are our key links (with updated information:

Places to cool off, including air-conditioned libraries and restaurants/bars, plus “cooling centers” and wading pools

Restaurants changing their hours or closing because of heat danger

The city’s status update says, “Water and electricity usage remain within normal operations for utilities.” But if you are a Monday solid-waste customer, the plan for Monday has changed again: Trash/recycling crews will be out an hour earlier, as previously announced, so have those carts out at 6 am, but food/yard waste will NOT be picked up Monday (no word yet on the makeup plan – we’ll update when that info is available).

6:10 PM: SPU has now announced its Tuesday pickups will start an hour early, too – details here, and below:

P.S. Today’s high was 104 at Sea-Tac – the new all-time highest temperature on record in Seattle – but that’s a record that forecasters say is certain to fall tomorrow.

20 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: What you need to know, now that the 'Excessive Heat Warning' has been extended"

  • Sam harris June 28, 2021 (2:53 am)

    Hello I am concerned for you the safety of our natural wildlife, animals that are not used to this kind of heat may behave strangely, this has the potential to be a ecological disaster, one that we would only truly see the effects of in the following years generations, are there any efforts to protect the wilderness?

  • This June 28, 2021 (7:18 am)

    Maybe after this heatwave, some wouldn’t mind if personal cars were eliminated

    • Adams June 28, 2021 (12:27 pm)

      That is ridiculous. The public transportation infrastructure is not built to support people getting rid of personal cars completely. It’s not realistic to commute into Seattle without cars. What you should be advocating is a switch to renewal energies and 0 emission vehicles (electric cars). 

      • tim in seattle June 28, 2021 (1:14 pm)

        @Adamsthere is no such thing as a 0 emission vehicle. electric just shifts the burden to another location, globally zero change to emissions. renewables helps some, but we are 40-50 years away from that infrastructure keeping up with demand.what we need is to start charging the true cost of commuting, – road costs, global warming cost, etc. so that people will start finding a way to shorten their commutes (i.e. get rid of cars)

      • KM June 28, 2021 (2:06 pm)

        Don’t kid yourself, electric cars have plenty of emissions, and plenty of people commute in Seattle without cars. 1/4 of WA residents don’t even have a license, and some who do don’t drive (one in our household included). What’s ridiculous is that we are clinging to an antiquated, dangerous, and toxic primary transportation solution–personal cars. Personal vehicles will never go away in our lifetimes, but our car-centric, exclusionary ways of thinking and planning sure should.

      • Russell June 28, 2021 (3:05 pm)

        The nation’s electricity comes from 60%-70% fossil fuels & coal.  It gets worse.  There’s over 60% energy losses in the energy conversions.  Electricity isn’t green so long as the source isn’t green.  That will be long after your Nissan Leaf is dead.  At best, it moves the smog out of high density urban areas so, OK.  Hats off to that.  Washington is mostly hydroelectric and Nuclear power which, while being sort-of green, they have their own set of environmental problems…Ecology ain’t easy.  Anybody who says it is has something to sell…

  • Kathy June 28, 2021 (9:59 am)

    So the fish skins and chickenbones are just going to sit in the yard waste for another hot week. That makes no sense, how is that any different than letting the garbage sit out for an extra week?

    • Judi June 28, 2021 (11:21 am)

      I imagine they are concerned about their crews working in this vicious heat. 

    • This June 28, 2021 (12:11 pm)

      Do we really want to talk about stinky garbage?

      • Garbage June 28, 2021 (2:53 pm)

        I heard someone was talking smack about me?

        • This June 28, 2021 (4:05 pm)

          No, that was about stinky garbage, you’re fine ;)

    • Michael Ostrogorsky June 28, 2021 (12:38 pm)

      You seem nice.

    • This June 28, 2021 (4:08 pm)

      …There is probably more garbage out there needing to be picked up than yard waste, just a guess.

      Also, maybe some of you have good smelling garbage, but have you ever been stuck behind a garbage truck on a warm day?

      Come’on now

  • Kat June 28, 2021 (2:57 pm)

    Our electricity is out probably due to the heat. I’m sitting in the house and the temperature is close to 100 right now have no idea what it is outside. Our electrical grid cannot withstand electrical cars. We would have to spend billions of dollars, trillions to get it up to par. So what are we gaining? 

    • WSB June 28, 2021 (3:38 pm)

      Hi, what area are you in? West Seattle shows only one outage right now, two customers near Duwamish Head.

    • Dan June 28, 2021 (5:22 pm)

      With all due respect, Kat, you really need to educate yourself on the technological advances in solar panels, wind turbine generators, storage batteries, BEVs, etc.  Solar & wind energy and battery storage technology and usage are growing exponentially and causing many coal burning plants to be decommissioned earlier than expected.  Solar energy has become so cheap, it’s beating coal economically.  Even Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries, with all their oil, are installing large amounts of solar – because it’s become a more economically viable and ecologically sound solution than pumping and burning more oil.   There are those who like to politicize the subject and make renewable energy out to be some kind of liberal agenda but it’s not a political issue.  It’s a simple fact of life that we must evolve and advance or we foolishly doom ourselves to eventual extinction.

  • TOO HOT June 28, 2021 (7:49 pm)


  • SOOTHSAYER June 28, 2021 (9:29 pm)

    It’s only gonna get hotter.We are the dead.

    • mia June 29, 2021 (2:31 am)

      I appreciate your awareness of such

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