Extreme heat wave canceling events and changing business hours

SPOKANE, Wash.– After temperatures reached triple digits this week, many large events were canceled, and businesses are changing their hours to cope with extreme heat and ensure employees’ safety.

One local coffee stand in Spokane is closing its store earlier than usual.

“We say it every day. It’s so hot, so hot, so hot,” said Allison Aahl, a barista at White Dog Coffee. “After the end of our shift, we typically kind of feel sick. It’s definitely not fun. It’s hard to provide good customer service…be cheery and happy.”

Aahl says the inside store gets 20 degrees hotter than the outside. Opening windows is the only option to stay cool.

“It made me think about construction workers and roofers we’ve had. Guys come through they have been working the night shifts, so instead of working during the day, they’ve been working at night,” Aahl said.

The heat wave is canceling some large events. The Kendall Yards Night Market closed this week due to the heat. It hopes to be back open next Wednesday.

The River City Cup, a popular youth soccer tournament, is also canceled due to U.S. extreme heat guidelines. However, they are still projecting to host a large river city challenge tournament in late August.

LIST: Heat-related cancelations and closures