Latest Heat waves News

Drought-stressed Oregon trees were scorched in heat wave

Nov. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — This summer’s heat scorched Oregon trees — maybe worse than ever before — and scientists are beginning to piece together what that means for the trees’ long-term health. Reports of fading foliage and crispy conifers started coming within days...

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983

Nov. 11, 2021 09:08 AM EST

World leaders have committed to limiting Earth’s rising temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. But what does that feel like? It’s difficult to convey, because you may not notice changes in average...

Phoenix to close popular mountain trails during extreme heat

Oct. 29, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix is making permanent a temporary policy to close popular hiking trails on two mountains on days of extreme heat. The policy approved unanimously Thursday by the city Parks and Recreation Board applies to trails on Camelback Mountain and Piestewa...

Sheriff says family on California hike died of extreme heat

Oct. 22, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California family found dead on a hiking trail near the Merced River died after they overheated and ran out of drinking water on a sunny August afternoon when temperatures reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) in the steep mountain terrain,...

NW Washington raspberry harvest down 30% due to heat wave

Oct. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The late June record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest resulted in a significantly smaller raspberry harvest in northwest Washington. The 2021 harvest numbers show Whatcom County farmers brought around 44.5 million pounds (20.2...

Sheriff says California family on hike died of extreme heat exhaustion on hot day; water container empty

Oct. 21, 2021 17:28 PM EDT
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff says California family on hike died of extreme heat exhaustion on hot day; water container empty.

Senior facility where 2 residents died in heat wave sued

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed alleging that poor management at a Portland senior independent living apartment building contributed to a woman’s heat-related death during June’s unprecedented heat wave. The son of Charlotte Iverson filed the suit...

LA leaders push for measures to prevent heat-related deaths

Oct. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city leaders are pushing for measures to monitor and prevent deaths from extreme heat after a newspaper investigation found California has failed to adequately address the health dangers of increasingly hot weather. City Councilman Paul...

Voodoo Doughnuts workers fired in heat wave to get jobs back

Oct. 09, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some workers at Voodoo Doughnuts who were fired during a deadly Pacific Northwest heat wave in June after going on strike are set to get their jobs back. KOIN-TV reports the National Labor Relations Board ruled the workers at the Portland Old Town...

Puerto Ricans fume as outages threaten health, work, school

Oct. 03, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Not a single hurricane has hit Puerto Rico this year, but hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. territory feel like they’re living in the aftermath of a major storm: Students do homework by the light of dying cellphones, people who depend on insulin or...