HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Havre is in for a hot, smoky weekend as a high pressure system is moving into the area. The weather is bringing in smoke from California, Oregon and Washington wildfires, but it should clear up by Sunday. Hill County Public Health Director Kim Larson says they will be posting information on tips for surviving this heat wave and local air quality on their website and Facebook page.
“Today, right now, we have it marked as unhealthy for sensitive groups. So, we have a visibility range of about 8.8 miles to 5.1 miles. Now, it can improve and it can get worse, depending on how the day goes and which way the wind’s coming from.”
Larson says Montanans aren’t used to 100 degree temperatures for several days in a row, which can cause heat illnesses.
“With the heat safety, you always need to pay attention for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, so we have put some posts on our Facebook page and will continue to do that with the signs and symptoms of those heat illnesses. Basically, the main thing is, you know, stay hydrated and don’t stay in the direct sunlight very long.”
Larson urges people to be more aware of their surroundings, as the particulates in the smoke can be harmful to people with asthma or heart conditions. People should also keep hydrated and stay out of direct sunlight to avoid heat-related illnesses.