A man dies of heat in Tri-Cities, WA. Mixed weather forecast

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Two Ben Franklin Transit riders share a shaded area under the umbrella they brought with them for their wait at the Ben Franklin Transit bus stop on West Vineyard Drive near Garfield Street in Kennewick.

Tri-City Herald File

A homeless man in Richland collapsed and died from the heat on Monday, the ninth day in a row that temperatures in the Tri-Cities reached at least 100.

Sean Aaberg, 38, was in the 1500 block of Thayer Drive, a residential area, Monday afternoon when someone saw him collapse.

The 911 call came in around 4 p.m., Benton County Coroner Bill Leach said.

Aaberg’s girlfriend was informed of his death. The couple had a child.

This is the only heat-related death reported so far this year in Benton and Franklin counties.

During last year’s shorter but hotter heatwave in late June, four people died due to the heat. None had air-conditioned houses.

The worst of the recent heat streak appears to be over for the Tri-Cities. Friday was the hottest day of the heat wave with a high of 112.

But the Tri-Cities could still set a new record for consecutive triple-digit temperature days.

The current record for Tri-Cities is 10 consecutive days of 100 or hotter set during a streak that ended Aug. 20, 1967, according to the weather service.

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The Tri-Cities are under the red flag until Wednesday evening. Then the temperatures should cool off for two days. National Weather Service

That record appeared to be at least equaled on Tuesday, as a temperature of 100 was reported at the Tri-Cities airport at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The weather forecast calls for a high of 99 on Wednesday and 100 on Thursday, before high temperatures drop into the upper 80s on Thursday and Friday.

Highs are expected to return to the 90s over the weekend and lows to 100s at the start of the next work week.

A red flag fire warning due to breezes, hot weather and low humidity that could spark fires and spread quickly was extended until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Gusts of up to 25 to 26 mph are expected Wednesday and Wednesday evening.

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Two Ben Franklin Transit riders share a shaded area under the umbrella they brought with them for their wait at the Ben Franklin Transit bus stop on West Vineyard Drive near Garfield Street in Kennewick. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald File

This story was originally published August 2, 2022 6:10 p.m.

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Senior Writer Annette Cary covers Hanford, energy, environment, science and health for the Tri-City Herald. She was a journalist for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.

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