PORTLAND, Ore. — Extreme heat may be behind death in Portland, Oregon, this, and emergency room visits for heat-related illness rose sharply as sweltering temperatures gripped the typically temperate Pacific Northwest for the second time this summer, authorities said Friday. The cause of the death Thursday won’t be known for several weeks. The news was nonetheless a blow for officers who faced criticism when hundreds died in Oregon, Washington state, and in late June fueled by climate change.
Temperatures expected to soar to the triple digits in Portland for a third day Friday were somewhat suppressed by a thick veil of, but the city still hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius). 88 F (31 C). The National Weather were also in effect from the Midwest to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic through at least Friday. and wildfire smoke in the Northwest would pose a problem through the weekend. Lightning sparked two new fires in southern Oregon late Thursday that churned rapidly through vegetation sucked dry of moisture by extreme drought in the U.S. West.
Analert was issued through Saturday night for much of northwestern Washington because smoke drifts in from blazes in the eastern part of the state and British Columbia. The sky over Portland had an eerie orange glow. Temperatures in Portland reached 103 F (39 C) on Thursday — 20 degrees above average. In Bellingham, Washington, the high hit 100 F (38 C) for the first time on record, while Seattle topped out in the 90s. It’ss the second significant heatwave in less than a month in a region where many don’t have air conditioning.
A detailed scientific analysis found the June. Meteorologist Jeff Masters with Yale Climate Connections said a similar study would need to be done with other . Still, there’s a general link between global warming and worsening heat waves.” “If you increase your baseline temperature, you greatly increase your odds of extreme heat events,” said Masters, co-founder of the private Weather Underground company.
July became Earth’s hottest month in 142 years of recordkeeping, with the globe averaging 62.07 F (16.73 C) that month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency over the heat and opened cooling centers, extended public library hours, and waived bus fares for those headed to cooling centers. A 24-hour statewide helpline will direct callers to the nearest cooling shelter and offer safety tips.. City and county governments have
, including low-income older people and those living outdoors. , portable fans, popsicles, and information about cooling shelters to homeless people in encampments on the outskirts of Portland. out by a nonprofit group Thursday. He told volunteers that the temperature at his campsite reached 105 F (41 C) the day before.”
It’ss miserable can’tn’tt handle the heat no matter what. So, I mean, it’ss hard to stand. Even in the shadit’ss’s too hot,” Zalitis said.” “You want to somewhere that’st’ss cool, as cool as possible” The city closed all seven of its outdoor pools Thursday and Friday afternoons because of soaring temperatures. Before the closures, the people hoping to cool off stretched forbeyond. Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed. Follow Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus.