Records set and broken in a city. A more than a century old record broken in another.
The entirety of the Northwest baked under triple-digit heat this weekend, and Sunday was no relief from the heat for most of the region. Records in many cities were broken on Saturday and Sunday and were due to be broken again on Monday.
Portland experienced the hottest day on record in the city on Saturday, hitting 108 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday afternoon, according to the national meteorological service, just above the previous record for Oregon’s largest city of 107, a record set in 1965 and 1981.
On Sunday, the city broke its record again, recording 110 degrees.
Just south of Oregon City, Salem broke its all-time heat record on Sunday, hitting a sweltering temperature of 112 degrees. The previous record of 108 degrees was set in 1981, 1941 and 1927, according to David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.
And Seattle hit 102 degrees on Saturday, the hottest June day and the second hottest day on record since 1945, according to the weather service. And on Sunday, the city also hit 101 degrees, the hottest two consecutive days since records. started in 1894.
Other cities in Washington state had already broken records in the early hours, with Bellingham surpassing a record set in 2011 and Hoquiam already hitting 100.
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But the worst is yet to come: Monday “will be the hottest day for the major cities of Seattle and Portland with probable all-time records in both cities,” the weather service said.
Salem is expected to hit 106 or 107 degrees and Portland to 112, although Eugene could see temperatures drop to 98 degrees. Seattle is expected to reach 100 to 115 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the two states are subject to excessive heat warnings until Monday night.
Between 2004 and 2018, an average of about 700 people died each year from heat-related causes in the United States.
“Heat exhaustion occurs when your body is unable to regulate its own temperature and it begins to rise,” Dr. Caroline King-Widdall said in a statement from Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “It can happen when you train hard. or when you are working in the garden outside on a hot day. “
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors,” the weather service said in an advisory. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. “
The extended “thermal dome” over the Pacific Northwest was a foretaste of the future as climate change reshapes the world’s weather, said Kristie Ebi, a University of Washington professor who studies the 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’re going to have to get used to this in the future, ”she said.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has lifted COVID-19 capacity restrictions on state-owned or operated and non-profit cooling centers in light of the heat. Capacity is currently limited to 50% until the state fully reopens on Wednesday.
In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown suspended capacity limits for movie theaters and shopping malls – air-conditioned venues – as well as swimming pools ahead of a statewide reopening.
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The heatwave in the Northwest follows another heat wave in June in the West. Excess heat warnings are currently in effect also southward in northern California, western Nevada and parts of southern California, respectively.
Contributors: Zach Urness, Salem Statesman Journal; Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick Register-Guard; Associated Press