WA Heat Map 0702

High temperatures predicted for western Washington on June 28.

Historic high temperatures hammered the Northwest in June's final days, smashing some long-standing records, straining the grid, and causing deaths in a region accustomed to moderate summer temperatures and little need for air conditioning.

The Bonneville Power Administration’s grid held up well during the heat wave, coming close to shedding load only in one area, but Spokane, Washington-based Avista was forced to implement rolling outages and calls for electricity conservation.

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