Washington’s death toll from June’s heat wave has reached 112

The number is likely to rise as more deaths are reported and as data is shared between agencies.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Authorities say last month’s Pacific Northwest heat wave that toppled all-time temperature records killed at least 112 people in Washington state.

KUOW reports the Department of Health updated its tally on Monday, which caused the death toll to increase by 21.

In Washington, the bulk of the deaths were in the state’s most populous counties, King, Pierce and Snohomish, though 20 of Washington’s 39 counties reported at least one death caused by the triple-digit heat. The death toll is likely to continue to rise as more deaths are reported and as data is shared between government agencies.

Oregon has blamed at least 116 deaths on the heat and officials in British Columbia say hundreds of “sudden and unexpected deaths” are likely due to the soaring temperatures.

Cities across the region broke all-time heat records during late June’s extreme weather. Seattle hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit and Portland, Oregon, reached 116 F.

Talk to us

More in Northwest

COVID-19 contact tracers make phone calls and log potential exposures at the Umatilla County Public Health center in Pendleton, Ore., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. In tiny Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon, contact tracers work out of a converted jail to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 as new cases surge in the rural West and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ben Lonergan)
COVID-19 surge straining Eastern Oregon hospitals

Umatilla County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Oregon, according to the CDC.

Rat
A brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region

The adaptable scavengers can sustain themselves by exploiting the sloppy habits of people.

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit near the Alaska Peninsula, west of Kodiak. (U.S. Geological Survey)
Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii after 8.2M quake hits Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor hit 56 miles east southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

Madroneagle (Wally Gudgell/Windermere)
Oprah Winfrey sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

The estate known as Madroneagle overlooks the East Sound and includes a four-bedroom, five-bath home.

King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
King County to restart inquests into killings by police

The cases include shootings by Kent, Auburn, Federal Way and Kirkland officers.

In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash. The photo, made under a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) permit, which gives researchers permission to approach the animals, was made in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center, SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research and the Vancouver Aquarium's Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Endangered Puget Sound orcas that feed on chinook salmon face more competition from seals, sea lions and other killer whales than from commercial and recreational fishermen, a new study finds. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center via AP)
Where are the orcas? Looking for food, researchers say

The endangered Southern Resident whales have been seen only one day in the Salish Sea this season.

Starting Jan. 1, 2025, people who need assistance with at least three “activities of daily living” can tap into the WA Cares Fund to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications and rides to the doctor. (Washington State Department of Social & Health Services)
Deadline coming on long-term care: private or state plan?

Washington workers will pay a premium of 0.58% of total pay per paycheck.

Detectives are investigating after a man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood. (Seattle Police Department)
Spate of shootings across Seattle kill 4 in 24-hour period

More than 200 people in King County have been killed or wounded by gunfire so far this year.

Deception Pass Bridge (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News file)
Suicides from Deception Pass Bridge renew calls for barriers

Meanwhile, an emergency phone that calls 911 was installed on the west side of the bridge in 2018.

Most Read