Oregon declared a state of emergency as the Pacific Northwest prepared for triple-digit temperatures mere weeks after a deadly heatwave clobbered the region. People streamed into cooling centers and misting stations on Wednesday amid sweltering heat.
Governor Kate Brown said: “Oregon is facing yet another extreme heatwave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy.”
Excessive heat warnings (purple) have been issued for large portions of Oregon and Washington.
On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency ahead of the impending heat, urging residents to take proactive steps and make a game plan to keep cool: pic.twitter.com/SEEOebE5U1
— AccuWeather (@accuweather) August 11, 2021
The declaration went into effect on Tuesday, amid concerns over the safety of residents, some of whom do not have air conditioning, and the impact the soaring temperatures could have on critical infrastructure. The order is expected to remain in place until 20 August.
In a worst-case scenario, the temperature could reach 111°F (44°C) in some parts of western Oregon by Friday before a weekend cooldown. But temperatures are more likely to rise to 100°F or above for three consecutive days, peaking around 105°F on Thursday.
Max temperature forecast across northwestern OR and southwestern WA through the Excessive Heat Warning period. pic.twitter.com/6Sp8EHo4Iu
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) August 11, 2021
Sizzling weather also was expected in other parts of the country. The NWS said heat advisories and warnings would be in effect from the midwest to the north-east and mid-Atlantic through at least Friday.
Things will continue to heat up tomorrow in the region. Even though conditions will be hot & we will all be trying to stay cool, we need to still stay safe. To protect yourself in the heat, remember to drink lots of water & stay away from sugary drinks and alcohol #ORwx #WAwx 1/2 pic.twitter.com/9Ss6g2zndV
— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) August 12, 2021
Brown, the governor, recommended Oregonians take proactive steps to keep cool, including:
- Staying well hydrated
- Visiting one of the dozens of cooling centers at libraries, community centers and other spaces across the state
- Watching out for neighbors, friends and family.
The heatwave arrives less than two months after record-high temperatures, which in some areas exceeded 115°F (46°C), resulted in hundreds of deaths across the Pacific north-west and western Canada.
Washington state is expected to see extremely high temperatures too, with an excessive heat warning across much of the eastern half of the state. The city of Yakima could see triple digits four days straight beginning on Wednesday, according to the NWS. Seattle is expected to be slightly cooler, with temperatures in the low or mid-90s.
Excessive heat warning in effect from 1 pm Wednesday through 8 pm Saturday. Temps of 103 to 110 expected.
☀️Drink plenty of fluids
☀️Stay out of the sun
☀️Check up on relatives and neighbors
☀️Never leave children and pets unattended in vehicles#wawx
— YakimaFireDepartment (@YakimaCityFire) August 11, 2021
Meanwhile, in California, the state’s largest single wildfire in recorded history continued to grow after destroying more than 1,000 buildings. The fire is 30% contained, according to Cal Fire. Fire crews are bracing for rising temperatures and declining humidity in coming days.
Meanwhile, in south-eastern Montana, communities in and around the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation were ordered to evacuate as the uncontrolled Richard Spring fire grew amid erratic winds. [Guardian]
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