New report, tool suggest how Washington can better protect against extreme heat

UW News

In June 2021, the “heat dome” that struck the Pacific Northwest set 128 all-time high temperature records across the state. Two years after that event, a collaborative effort led by two University of Washington teams has drawn up recommendations for how people and groups across the state could prevent future heat-related illness and save lives.

Dr. Jeremy Hess, professor of global health, of emergency medicine and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, and director of CHanGE, is quoted.

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