On Saturday(13 May 2023), an early heat wave is predicted to take hold in the Pacific Northwest, raising temperatures to potentially record highs and exacerbating wildfires in western Canada. In recent years, climate change has exacerbated the region’s already severe summer heat and caused enormous wildfires.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for portions of western Oregon and Washington, effective from Saturday through Monday. It warned that people who are dehydrated or don’t have access to adequate cooling could be at increased risk of heat-related disease.
The weather service predicts that Portland, Oregon, will experience temperatures of roughly 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 degrees Celsius) over the course of the weekend. Daytime highs on May 13 and 14 reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33.3 degrees Celsius) in 1973 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32.8 degrees Celsius) in 2014, respectively.
Here is a video about the early summer heat wave that will hit the Pacific Northwest.
According to meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch of the National Weather Service, daily record high temperatures may be set or broken in the Seattle area. He predicted temperatures of around 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 degrees Celsius) on Saturday and low 90s (32.2 degrees Celsius) on Sunday.
Officials in Canada’s western Alberta province have ordered evacuations and issued a state of emergency due to the raging hundreds of fires. After the f@tal ” heat dome ” weather phenomena in 2021 caused record temperatures and de@ths in the Northwest, residents, and officials have been trying to adapt to the likely reality of longer, hotter heat waves.
On a hot Friday(12 May 2023) in Portland, Elizabeth Romero and her three kids stopped by a fountain to cool off. She added that the group had opted to wait it out “… until we all feel better” and that they would be spending the weekend in shady parks.
King County, where Seattle is located, has ordered bus companies to waive fares for passengers trying to escape the heat or going to a cooling center. The county’s homeless authority has announced that various cooling and day centers will be available.
Should you be tempted to cool yourself in a river or lake, authorities advise you to exercise caution due to the freezing water temperatures. Higa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, estimates that river temperatures are between 4.4 and 7.2 degrees Celsius.
Some 800 people d!ed in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia during the heat dome weather event in late June and early July 2021, prompting residents and officials in the Pacific Northwest to become more attentive about heat wave preparedness. In Portland, the temperature reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degrees Celsius), breaking records around the region. There were a disproportionate number of de2ths among elderly people.
As a result, starting in April 2024, all new homes constructed in Oregon must include central air conditioning in at least one room. Landlords cannot legally prevent renters from installing air conditioners in rented properties.
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Portland’s heat response program, which began last summer, aims to install portable heat pumps and cooling units in low-income households, with a focus on individuals who are elderly, live alone, or have preexisting health concerns. The city’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability reports that over 3,000 units were installed by local nonprofits as part of the initiative in the previous calendar year.
Officials in Multnomah County, where Portland is located, said they don’t intend to open any special cooling centers but will keep an eye on the weather.
“This is the first significant event … and it is early for us,” said Chris Voss, the county’s director of emergency management. “We’re not seeing a situation where we hear this is extremely dangerous. That being said, we don’t know if it will drift.”
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