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Hot weather, cold water a recipe for danger on King County rivers, lakes

With hot weather expected this weekend, King County officials are urging recreational river and lake users to be extremely careful if heading out on the water.

Temperatures in the region are expected to climb into the 80s over the weekend, and possibly into the 90s by early next week. Sunny skies and summer temperatures typically draw more people to local rivers, lakes and even Puget Sound to cool off, but officials caution that water bodies remain very cold.

River temperatures can still be in the 40-degree range due to snow melt – and lakes aren’t that much warmer.

What’s more, as rivers begin to drop in the summer, branches, wood and rocks that were moved around by winter storms are exposed, creating additional hazards.

King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the King County Sheriff’s Office remind kayakers, boaters, rafters, swimmers and other river users to check conditions and scout rivers thoroughly for hazards before entering the water.

“We don’t want any tragedies,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart. “I urge folks to think twice before going into the water. Don’t drink, and always wear a life jacket. This will help you stay safe and come out of the river or lake alive!”

For more information on river safety and drowning prevention, visit the King County river safety web page at www.kingcounty.gov/riversafety.

 

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