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Pacific Northwest’s Latest Heat Wave Sent Hundreds to Hospitals

More than 900 people went to ERs in Washington and Oregon with heat-related symptoms, underscoring the health risks of extreme heat. 

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How Do Heat Waves Affect Us?

Late July’s week-long heat wave in the Pacific Northwest sent 906 people to emergency departments for heat-related illness across Oregon and Washington, according to the states’ health departments. The staggering heat is also suspected of contributing to at least 15 recent deaths in the region. 

Climate change is making extreme heat more frequent and more intense, studies have shown over and over and over again. For the second year in a row, the Pacific Northwest has experienced exceptional, record-setting heat, taking a toll on the health of people living there.