Seven deaths in Oregon blamed on excessive heat

The extreme triple-digit heat much of Oregon has been experiencing the past few days is expected to pass Wednesday. But even when the triple-digit heat wanes, many parts of the state will still see above average temperatures throughout the week.

There are now seven suspected heat-related deaths from this current heat wave, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Five of those deaths occurred in Multnomah County. One person died in coastal Coos County of suspected heat-related causes. Another suspected heat-related death was reported Tuesday in Jackson County, according to Jefferson Public Radio.

On Tuesday afternoon, Multnomah County officials reported the death of a 67-year-old woman in Northeast Portland. No additional details have been released.

Of the previously reported deaths in Multnomah County, all were men, including a Clackamas County resident who died in Portland.

This streak of extreme heat began on July 4, dampening many Oregonians’ holiday weekend plans. Since then, nearly every part of the state has experienced heat above 90 degrees. Several areas have hit 100 degrees or higher during this heat wave. The forecast for Tuesday predicted it would be the hottest day with areas along the I-5 corridor hitting triple digits again. It could get up to 105 degrees from Eugene to Portland. Areas ranging from Medford in the south, to the Columbia River Gorge near The Dalles, are expected to experience highs of 110 degrees.

“The good news is we are going to be seeing a marine influence starting to work its way into the area, beginning [Tuesday night],” said National Weather Service meteorologist Colby Neuman. “But it’s still going to be relatively warm. It just will not be as extreme as what we’ve seen the last few days.”

The predicted high for Portland Wednesday is 92 degrees.

Approved – Sully


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