heat wave

Spokane Must Now Open Cooling Centers at 95 Degrees

Jul 13, 2021
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Cooling Centers opened in Spokane Public Libraries and at the Looff Carousel today and will be open until the temperature drops below 95 degrees.

The cooling centers re-opened after the Spokane City Council updated an ordinance outlining when the city needs to provide shelter – during heat, winter and smoke events.

Councilwoman Lori Kinnear called on the mayor’s administration to plan ahead for those events, which are likely to become more common due to the worsening climate crisis.

20 Spokane County Deaths Linked to Heat

Jul 9, 2021

In Spokane 20 deaths and many more medical emergencies have been linked to the heat wave that swept through the Pacific Northwest last week.

Many of the people who died due to heat exposure were found alone, without air conditioning. Health officials expect more deaths this summer across the region as unusually hot weather continues.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, 78 deaths have been attributed to the heat, but the number is likely much higher due to delays in reporting from local governments and health districts.

Several INW Cities Recorded Record High Temps Last Week

Jul 7, 2021
Courtesy of National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has confirmed that many Inland Northwest cities and towns tied or broke all-time high temperature records week. The agency issued what it calls a “record event report” Tuesday evening.

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This week’s scorching heat has surpassed high temps across the Northwest. Headlines, newscasts and Twitter feeds the past week were full of daily pronouncements about new records being set and, in some cases, “shattered.”

But right now, those all-time heat records are preliminary.

Courtesy of City of Spokane

The worst of the heat wave appears to have passed, but what’s left of it is taking much of the sizzle out of Fourth of July celebrations. Fire officials are discouraging people from discharging their own fireworks and now, even professional shows have been cancelled.

Eleven Deaths in Spokane Area Linked to Record Heat

Jul 1, 2021
Courtesy of National Weather Service

In the aftermath of the record-breaking heat wave, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office has linked 11 deaths to the hazardous conditions.

The medical examiner has not yet completed autopsies on many of those death to confirm the cause.

Spokane Chases Another Hot Weather Record

Jun 30, 2021
Courtesy of National Weather Service

Spokane continues to be in record-chasing mode during this heat wave.

The city set a new all-time high temperature record on Tuesday with 109 degrees.

Power Outages Likely To Continue Through Heat Wave

Jun 29, 2021
Avista Utilities

Power outages caused by the record-breaking heat wave could continue for the rest of the week, as high electric use and hot conditions strain the Inland Northwest’s power grid.

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The unprecedented heat in the region this week poses some extra challenges for those with vegetable gardens.


With temperatures in the triple digits for the next several days in the Inland  Northwest many plants could stop producing food and blossoms, wilt or die.

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Spokane has broken its all-time record high temperature. At 4 pm the National Weather Service reported the temperature at its Spokane International Airport facility had reached 109.

Courtesy of National Weather Service

The unusually hot temperatures in the Northwest are also bringing the possibility of more wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for the Columbia Basin, where a sagebrush and grass fire is burning near the Adams County town of Lind.

Several Northwest Cities Set Record High Temperatures

Jun 27, 2021
Courtesy of National Weather Service

Several Northwest cities set record high temperatures on Sunday. Those include Spokane, whose 102 degrees tied the record.

Omak and Ephrata set records with 109 degree temperatures. It was the third consecutive day for a record in Ephrata.