A fisherman waits under the shade of his umbrella during a heat wave. (Arash Malekzadeh/KQED)

More Heat Waves Coming, Scientists Say. But The Health Impacts Are Largely Preventable

Jul 20, 2021 at 8:00am

Laura Klivans

California has baked under blistering heat this summer, as temperatures in Death Valley climbed to 130 degrees earlier this month, one of the hottest recorded temperatures on Earth. And there’s still more summer to go.

The state's July heat wave followed one in the Pacific Northwest that was so hot it buckled streets and melted power cables around Portland, Oregon.

“The good news here is that there is a fair amount of evidence that heat wave related health impacts, at least, are largely preventable,” Baldwin adds.

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