Spokane hit 105 degrees on Monday, breaking the 2015 record for the hottest June 28 in city history, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologists are forecasting temperatures of over 110 degrees for Tuesday, which would exceed the city’s all-time high of 108, measured twice in 1928 and 1961.
The following areas set new record highs for June 28, exceeding temperatures recorded during a 2015 heat wave, according to the National Weather Service: Ephrata, 113 (previous high was 110); Lewiston, 112 (previous high was 111); and Omak, 112 (previous high was 110).
As unprecedented heat scorches the Spokane area, Catholic charities opened five new cooling centers downtown on Monday.
Some are intended solely for the elderly or people with physical disabilities.
“Eastern Washington Catholic Charities are blessed to mobilize safe spaces,” said Rob McCann, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. “We look forward to opening the doors to people in need immediately.”
The following properties will add capacity to existing city-operated cold stores that opened over the weekend: Donna Hanson Haven, 24 W. Second Ave., for the elderly at risk and at risk; Ms. Bach Haven, 108 S. State St., for those at risk and at risk over the age of 18; Jacklin Haven, 164 S. State St., for women at risk and at risk; Beatriz & Ed Schweitzer Haven, 9 E. First Ave., for vulnerable adults with physical disabilities; and Buder Haven, 201 E. Second Ave., for vulnerable and vulnerable individuals over the age of 18.
The shelters will be open at least through Thursday, said Sarah Yerden, spokeswoman for the Catholic charity, and then beyond as needed. Daily opening times are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, the city’s cooling centers at Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park, the Spokane Public Library locations, Spokane Transit Authority Square and Northtown Mall are now open until 8:00 p.m. and expected to stay open until Sunday, Spokane officials said on Monday with.
The Spokane Indians have also adapted due to the heat and moved the start time for the team’s six home games this week to 7:05 p.m. The stadium gates open at 6:00 p.m. for each game.
The hopes for a significantly cooler Independence Day are low.
Joey Clevenger, a meteorologist at NWS Spokane, said temperatures will stay in at least the upper 90s through Monday.
“This is a long heat pattern that we just can’t do much about,” Clevenger said
The National Weather Service in Spokane announced an excessive heat warning last week and said it was confident that temperatures will hit 100 every day through Thursday.
They recommend moisturizing, refraining from exercising outdoors and taking breaks in air-conditioned rooms as often as possible.