A historic heat wave has ravaged the northwestern region of the U.S. and Canada, tearing down records and sending residents to seek help.
Shops ran out of air conditioners and portable fans, hospitals canceled outdoor vaccination clinics, cities opened cooling centers, baseball teams abandoned head games. week or moved and utilities prepared for possible power outages.
Portland, Oregon, hit 42.2 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The previous heat record for Oregon’s largest city was 41.7 C (107 F), a figure set in 1965 and 1981.
Seattle hit 38.3 C (101 F) on Saturday, becoming the hottest June day on record and only the fourth time in recorded history, the normally temperate city had surpassed 37.7 C (100 F) .
The forecast was for Sunday and Monday for even higher temperatures. Many all-time heat records could be broken. In Seattle, the highest temperature ever measured was 39.4 C (103 F) in 2009.