Portland Area Braces for First Summer Heatwave

Officials prepare to help residents stay safe this weekend.

Rose Bak
3 min readJun 24, 2022
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While most of the country has already been experiencing high temperatures and “heat domes”, the Portland area has remained stubbornly cool and rainy. That’s about to change. This weekend meteorologists are predicting weather in the mid-90s, which will be a shock to the system for those who are not acclimated to high temperatures.

City and county officials are gearing up to help people stay safe, hoping to avoid the high number of heat-related deaths that occurred during last year’s extreme weather. Residents are urged to start preparing for the impacts of high temperatures, not only this year but throughout the summer.

Here’s what you need to know right now:

How to Stay Safe in the Heat

The best way to stay safe is to stay in a cool indoor location, but that’s not possible for everyone.

Many housing units and public spaces are not designed for high temperatures. Building upgrades have not kept up with changes in the environment due to global warming. To help, health officials have posted a wealth of information you can use to stay cool and help avoid heat-related injuries.



Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance non-fiction writer as well as the author of more than 50 books. Find Rose's books at bit.ly/AuthorRoseBak .