SPOKANE, Wash. -- Heat became an issues for dozens of Bloomsday runners on Sunday. KREM 2 News Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry said it would be the warmest Bloomsday in nine years.
Temperatures were expected to climb toward 75 degrees on Sunday.
Bloomsday medical volunteers said they have treated more people for heat related issues than usual. Medical staff had treated 40 to 50 people by 12:15 p.m. One volunteer told KREM 2 News that one runner had a temperature of 107 degrees.
StormTracker 2 weather records show that Bloomsday temperatures only reached into the 80s twice during past Bloomsdays. Runners have experienced four Bloomsday races where the temperatures climbed into the 70s.
The coolest Bloomsday runs happened in 1984 and 1999 when the temperatures dipped to 47 degrees. The warmest temperatures greeted Bloomsday runners in 1977 and 1980. Temperatures climbed to 81 degrees those years.