In their own words: Residents, officials talk about the potentially historic heat wave in the Northwest | The Weather Channel – Article by The Weather Channel

  • The National Weather Service has issued warnings of excessive heat in much of the northwest.
  • Dangerous three-digit highs are forecast for some areas.
  • This excessive heat is expected to continue well into next week.

Who better to give us a sense of how the potentially historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest is affecting people than the local residents and government officials. Here we have put together some of their statements.

“In all honesty, it’s hard to believe my eyes. … folks, this is unprecedented, dangerous meteorological territory. “ Cliff mass, Climatologist from the University of Washington

“A three-digit heat is expected to arrive this weekend and last well into next week. This event will likely be one of the most extreme and persistent heat waves in the recorded history of the Inland Northwest. An unprecedented heat will not just affect the health of the Endanger residents. ” in the northwest of the country, but our region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to wildfires and the effects of our ongoing drought. “- National Weather Service Office in Spokane, Washington

“This is lethal heat. People need to find a cool place to spend time in the coming days. And for people who already have something cool, it’s their job to reach other people. Ask them to join you or help them get to a place that is reasonably cool. “ – DR. Jennifer Vines, Health Officer for Multnomah County, Oregon

(MORE: Historic northwest heat wave could break all records in Washington, Oregon)

“This is a real public health emergency.” – Dan Douthit, Public Information Officer for Portlands Bureau of Emergency Management

“To be honest, the predictions of temperatures of 105, 106, 107, 108 degrees this weekend are terrifying for me.” – DR. Christian Molström, Medical Director for Legacy GoHealth Urgent Care at Portland in

“With record breaking heat starting Saturday, the health and safety of Portlanders must come first. I ask everyone in the church to prepare accordingly and have a plan to stay cool. Stay safe, check in with family, friends, and neighbors and offer any help they need. “- Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon

“It’s not so much about what temperature records we’re going to break. – Tweet from the NWS Seattle office

“When I was 12, we suffered from the great heat wave in August 1981. I was living near Mt. Angel at the time. We spent a few days mostly down in the basement. At that time almost nobody had air conditioning. Back then, when my career began 1991, just out of college, and I was wondering when we could break the all-time record of 107 degrees in Portland. It was only a matter of time, but I didn’t think it would be 30 years! ” – Mark Nelsen, Fox 12 meteorologist

“I don’t think it would be safe. I think I would go maybe an hour and a half with a good attitude and then maybe 20 minutes with a bad attitude and then say, OK, I’m done with it.” – Courtney Reese, Manager of Van’s Burger in Olympia, Washington, whose owner said the passage will be closed on Saturday due to the heat

(MORE: Portland, Seattle, other communities in the northwest are preparing for a potentially historic heatwave)

“Portland is unique and I’ve lived here all my life. When it snows, they wait until it’s six inches to buy tire chains. Nobody seems to be prepared in advance. … It’s kind of child nature, especially in Portland, to say, gosh, air conditioning costs $ 200 to $ 300 and I don’t want to spend when I don’t need it. So I just wait until I need them. When you need it, everyone else does, and it turns into a huge storm of people needing things. “- Norman Chusid, owner of Ankeny Hardware in southeast Portland, who sold more than 450 air conditioners this week

“I don’t even think about how much it costs, I’m just trying to cool off. Make sure my daughters are fine. “- Buyer looking for an air conditioner in a sold out hardware store in Renton, Washington

“There should be enough power. We have no evidence that this is a problem for us. Of course we are monitoring closely and currently see no problems in continuing to supply our customers with electricity. â€- Andrea Platt, spokeswoman for Portland General Electric

“Employees can see that the drinking fountains have been off for some time and need more work to get them back on track.” – Seattle Parks and Recreation spokespersonwhere 80% of the water fountains in the park don’t work.

“We have been very thoughtful and deliberate in our approach to serving all members of our community. Stores and malls are open and operating with reduced COVID capacity until next week and are still a great way to get out of the heat and support our economy. For those in our community who are not protected, we have a multi-pronged approach that involves using existing resources and adding extra space to cool off. â€- Nadine Woodward, Mayor of Spokane, Washington

“This stagnant dome of record heat and the extremely high pressure it generates will be reluctantly set in motion in the middle of next week. Hang in there and stay cool!” – Kristin Clark, KOMO meteorologist

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