‘Not fun’: Northwest heat wave builds, all-time records fall

‘Not fun’: Northwest heat wave builds, all-time records fall

Portland, US: Oregon’s largest city broke its all-time heat record on Saturday. On Sunday it can beat the new issue.
Forecasters say many Pacific Northwest communities could be sweating the hottest days in their history as temperatures rise during a heat wave that has left residents scrambling for relief.
Stores selling portable air conditioners and fans, hospitals canceled outdoor vaccination clinics, cities opened cooling centers, baseball teams canceled or relocated weekend games, and utilities barred for potential power outages.
According to the National Weather Service, Portland, Oregon, peaked at 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 degrees Celsius) Saturday afternoon. The previous heat record for Oregon’s largest city was 107 F (41.7 C), hit in 1965 and 1981.
Seattle It peaked at 101 F (38.3 C) on Saturday, making it the hottest day of June on record and only the fourth time in recorded history the generally temperate city was above 100 degrees.
Even higher temperatures are forecast for Sunday and Monday. Many all time heat records can be broken. In Seattle, the highest temperature ever measured was 103 F (39.4 C) in 2009.
Record-breaking was also expected in other cities and towns from eastern Washington state to Portland to southern Oregon, with temperatures expected to be 30 degrees or more above normal in many areas.
This is dangerous for an area accustomed to mild weather, and where many do not have air conditioning.
The expanded “heat dome” over the Pacific Northwest was a taste of the future as climate change alters weather patterns around the world, said Christy Abbey, a professor at the University of Washington who studies global warming and its effects on public health.
“We know from evidence around the world that climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves. We have to get used to moving forward,” she said.
Seattle resident James Bryant picked up an air conditioner in anticipation of scorching heat.
“My house is already hot, and so with the extra heat over the next few days, I have kids. I have to make sure they don’t get too hot too,” Bryant said. “It seems to be a trend. So I’m not sure what’s driving it, but it’s not fun, that’s for sure.”
Officials in Multnomah County, Oregon, were asking volunteers to help staff cooling centers as older people, homeless residents and others struggled with the heat. Cascade Street Outreach, an advocacy group for people experiencing homelessness, was going to homeless camps in the area to encourage people to use cooling centers.
Peter Tiso, who works with Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services, told Oregonian/oregonlive.com that the Oregon Convention Center can hold about 300 people, but did not turn anyone away from cooling shelters. Will go The shelter also allows pets, he said.
“We don’t want anyone making the dangerous decision between leaving their pets behind or not,” he said.

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