Jul 8, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Oregon heat wave deaths hit 116

Picture of people sleeping in a cooling station in Oregon
People rest at the Oregon Convention Center cooling station in Portland, Oregon. Photo: KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP via Getty Images

The Oregon State Medical Examiner on Wednesday announced that the death toll in the state associated with the late June Pacific Northwest heat wave reached 116.

Details: The new tally provided by the state police does not offer any details to identify the victims other than age, gender and county of residence. The victims' ages range between 37 and 97.

  • Most of the deaths, over 70, took place in Multnomah County.

State of play: The heat wave led to record-breaking three-digit temperatures across the state, with Portland recording a high of 116 on June 28, per ABC News.

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