The Northwest extreme heatwave is closing out its second straight month of record temperatures. Weather forecasters are saying some relief will come to the area next week, but they are also predicting that another extreme heatwave will return later this summer. The weather system responsible for the heatwave is from a ridge of high pressure that has been building over the states in the Pacific Northwest. This high-pressure system is allowing the temperatures to hit numbers that are up to 20 degrees above normal for this time of the year.
Forecasters have gone on record and said that the Pacific Northwest had the hottest June on record. In July, Portland broke a six-year record by recording a high temperature of 103 degrees. Sea-Tac Airport in Washington broke their record of consecutive days in which the high temperature broke 90 degrees. The record that they set is now 10 straight days. The previous record of nine straight days had stood since 1958.
The extreme heatwave is not only causing problems with the people who live in the area, but with the environment as well. The extreme heatwave is causing plants to lose a lot of their moisture due to evaporation. Crops that grow in the area are no longer getting the proper amount of water needed in order to grow, and fish are finding it hard to live in their native waterways due to an increase in the temperature of the water.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two dangerous medical conditions that can happen during a heatwave such as the Northwest is experiencing. Experts state that staying hydrated is one of the most vital things a person can do in order to not come down with a heat-related sickness. Limiting the exposure to the intense heat is another way to stave off sickness or injury from the extreme heatwave.
Symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion include fatigue, decreased sweating, excessive thirst, weakness, confusion, and a body temperature that is higher than 100 degrees. If you believe that a person has a heat-related illness, then you need to remove them from the source of the heat immediately. Begin to rehydrate the person with water and call an ambulance. Heat-related illnesses are considered a medical emergency and any person who experiences signs and symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion should be evaluated by a medical professional.
What are your thoughts on the Northwest extreme heatwave? How are you beating the heat this summer?
[Image via Shutterstock]