Thursday, December 01, 2022

High temperature could have killed 4 people in Oregon

High temperature could have killed 4 people in Oregon

Portland, Ore. ( Associated Press) — High temperatures, above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius), were being investigated as the cause of the death of four people in Oregon on Thursday amid a heat wave around the northwest coast was in The United States and it, according to forecasts, will not give up soon in a region that is not accustomed to these values.

At least three people died of suspected hyperthermia during a heat wave affecting Multnomah County, where Portland is located, the Oregon State Coroner’s Office said. The state agency told KGW-TV that the fourth death due to heat was recorded in Umatilla County, which is in the eastern part of the region.

The deaths occurred on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The coroner’s office explained that the heat death designation was preliminary and may change after further investigation.

The state has been hit by rising temperatures since Monday, and temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees Celsius) over the weekend. Portland could be on track to break heat wave duration records, officials said, as local governments and NGOs try to increase the capacity of cooling centers.

“We’re going to be within a few degrees of 100 F every day through Saturday for the next few days,” said Colby Newman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon.

According to forecast, temperatures will again reach 101 F (38.3 degrees Celsius) in Oregon’s largest city on Friday. Portland broke its daily record on Tuesday, reaching 102 F (38.9 C).

Seattle also reported its historical record that day with 34.4 C (94 F). Heat wave conditions are also expected in Washington state through Saturday.

The National Weather Service has extended its scorching heat from Thursday night to Saturday night.

The duration of the heat wave puts Portland on track to tie its record for six consecutive days with temperatures of at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).

According to climatologists, climate change is fueling longer heat waves in the northwestern United States, a region where such events are rare.

Dan Douthit, a spokesman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said heat-related 911 calls have tripled in recent days from about 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Most of the calls involved a medical response, the spokesperson said.

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