Northwest heat: 14 deaths in Oregon could be heat-related as 13 million people suffocate under heat alerts
The searing heat that engulfed the Northwest is believed to have killed at least 14 people in Oregon and three in Washington state, officials said.
The most recent death in Oregon was reported on Saturday.
A “deceased elderly man was in his home which had an air conditioner that did not work,” Clackamas County said in a news release. The medical examiner’s office is investigating the official cause of death.
Other suspected heat-related deaths occurred in Multnomah, Clackamas, Umatilla and Marion counties, Oregon State Police spokesperson Mindy McCartt said.
The official causes of those deaths are also being investigated, McCartt said.
The temperature at Portland International Airport has reached or exceeded 95 degrees for “6 consecutive days, including 3 at or just above 100,” the National Weather Service said Saturday.
In Washington, three heat-related deaths occurred in King County, which includes Seattle, between July 26 and July 31, the county medical examiner’s office said in a statement. Press release.
During the same period, King County emergency rooms treated more than 50 patients with heat-related illnesses, according to the release.
More than 13 million people in the Northwest were on heat alert Sunday, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Major cities affected include Portland; Seattle; Billings, Montana; and Boise, Idaho.
Much of central and eastern parts of Washington and Oregon remained under excessive heat and red flag warnings Monday evening, according to NWS.
But the heat wave scorching the Northwest will ease this week.
The most extreme temperatures have moved from the coast to interior parts of the northwest, Brink said Sunday. “This heat dome will move into the northern plains by Tuesday and into the Midwest by Wednesday,” she said. “And even the northeast will experience above average temperatures by Thursday and Friday.”
Portland will see a high of around 90 degrees on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.