A hot weekend is on tap for the Olympia area, and it could be a record-setting one, with temperatures expected to come close to tying or breaking a record that has stood since 1961.
Expect daytime highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday to range from the mid-80s to lower 90s, said Johnny Burg with the National Weather Service.
But Sunday’s forecast is for temperatures to climb to 92 degrees, which is within striking distance of 94 degrees, the record set 53 years ago.
Bottom line: it will be warm to hot, depending on your tolerance for such things, so if you either want to beat the heat or greet the heat, here are a few things to consider this weekend.
• Olympia: the always popular Olympia Farmers Market at the north end of the city will be open, and it provides two things: a chance to get outdoors and do some shopping, or if it’s too hot, there are covered shopping areas as well. If you need to get cooler still, head on down to the Heritage Park Fountain at 330 Fifth Ave. S.W. The fountain is open 9 a.m. to noon; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.
• Tumwater: Some might be headed to Pioneer Park at 5801 Henderson Boulevard S.E., which does provide river access to the Deschutes River, said city of Tumwater spokeswoman Heidi Cerniwey. The park is open dawn to dusk. Another place to get cool is Tumwater Falls Park, which is operated by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. Walk the trails near the main falls and the mist kicked up by the falls is bound to provide a cooling sensation.
• Lacey: Long Lake Park at 2790 Carpenter Road likely will be a popular destination because of its swimming area. The park is open dawn to dusk and lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. After that, and prior to close, swimmers swim at their own risk, said Lori Flemm, Lacey’s parks and recreation director.
Flemm also asks that park visitors:
• Be respectful of others because the park will be crowded.
• Leave valuables at home because a car prowler was reported last Friday.
• Set up their sun shelters at the top of the grass hill or along the perimeter of the park, so that they don’t block other people’s views of the swimming area, particularly if they want to keep an eye on a family member swimming. Shelters also need to be weighted down so that they don’t blow away, but don’t hold them in place with stakes, she said. Those with sun shelters also need to fill out a form which they can get from the lifeguards.
• Remember to drink water because caffeinated drinks can lead to dehydration.
In addition to the Olympia Farmers Market, the Lacey Community Market opens Saturday at Huntamer Park. The park also will host Zumba at 2 p.m. Saturday, which means those who plan to get a Zumba workout, should remember to bring plenty of water, Flemm said.