The weather, currently.
Next up for a multi-day heatwave: The Pacific Northwest.
Long-range models are in good agreement that the last several days of July will be far warmer than normal across Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. High temperatures should reach at least 100 deg F (38°C) in many locations, about 10 to 15 deg F (5°C to 8°C) hotter than typical for at least five days straight.
As of now, this heat wave should not be as intense as the Pacific Northwest heat dome of last June and July, which killed more than 500 people and featured some of the most anomalously hot weather ever recorded anywhere on Earth. That said, this will still be a very dangerous event. Currently will continue providing detailed updates on the heat wave forecast through our local weather newsletters in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.
What you need to know, currently.
We have a new story up today from Managing Editor, Zaira Howell, on the limitations of FEMA and what shape potential alternatives might take.
“I think one thing that pretty much everybody agrees [on] — and there is overwhelming research for, as well as just the lived experience of communities who have been affected by disasters — is that FEMA has policies and programs that are inequitable,” Anna Weber, a policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Howell. “Not just in terms of an inequitable distribution of funding and resources, but also the actual policies and programs, that are supposed to be assisting disaster survivors and preventing the impacts of the next disaster, [but] have actually exacerbated inequities within communities.”