Northwest Experiencing Record Heatwave

Northwest Experiencing Record Heatwave

Northwest Experiencing Record Heatwave

A few weeks ago a heatwave hit the Pacific Northwest and has not shown any signs of cooling down anytime soon. Before summer was officially here, the town of Yakima, Washington hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit, which ties a record for the hottest day from 1992. The city of Hermiston, Oregon hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit, which is one degree hotter than Death Valley, California was that day. Death Valley is known for the extreme heat in the summer time.

Now, just a few weeks later, CNN.com is reporting that the mercury is still climbing in the Pacific Northwest. Numerous towns across the state of Washington have hit record highs for this time of the year. The intense heat, plus little rain, are the type of conditions that can lead to major wildfires. The red warning flag is up for fires.

Reports are that the Pacific Northwest is experiencing an abnormal dry spell. The area is best known for its rainy days, but hasn’t seen any in a while. They are currently going through a drought, which is making weather conditions even hotter. Once the area gets some rain, it is likely that it will cool down several degrees and offer some relief.