Since 1881, when the National Weather Service began observing temperatures in Spokane, the mercury has topped 100 degrees five times in June. If the forecast holds, Spokane will double that number by Wednesday.
After planned outages to conserve power during Spokane’s historic heat wave last month, Avista executives said in a telephone town hall Thursday night that they’re “committed to learn from this event and to getting better.”
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will investigate how utility companies prepared and responded amid record-setting heat statewide earlier this week that led to all-time usage highs and planned outages for some of them.
The Spokane County medical examiner confirmed three heat-related deaths Friday and updated the number of possible heat deaths to 11, outlining the tragic consequences of this week’s historic heat wave.