The Pacific Northwest hit triple-digit temperatures on Monday, setting records amid a multi-day heat wave, according to the National Weather Service.
A new record was set at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when temperatures reached 106 degrees, surpassing the 104-degree mark set on Sunday. It was the hottest temperature on record in the city since at least 1945, the Seattle Times reported.
Monday’s heat marks the third consecutive day of over 100 degrees. Two Washington state weather stations – Dallesport and the Sol Duc River – reached 188 degrees, the NWS said. The readings were preliminary and had not yet been certified. Relief is expected Wednesday as temperatures are expected to drop into the 1980s in Seattle.
Temperatures were unknown in an area best known for rain, and where June has historically been called “June” for its cool drizzle. Seattle’s high average temperature in June is around 70 degrees, and less than half of the city’s residents have air conditioning, according to U.S. Census data.
The heat has forced schools and businesses to close to protect workers and guests, including places like outdoor pools and glaciers where people seek relief from the heat. COVID-19 test sites and mobile vaccination units were also down.
The Seattle Parks Department closed an indoor community pool after the air inside got too hot, leaving Stanlie James, who moved from Arizona three weeks ago, to look for another place to cool off. She doesn’t have air conditioning in her apartment, she said.
“Part of the reason I moved here was not just to be near my daughter, but also to come in the summer to take some relief from the Arizona heat,” James said. “And I seem to have brought it with me. So I’m not really happy. “
Portland, Ore., Hit 115 degrees on Monday, setting a new record for the third day in a row, the Oregonian reported. The new record was set at Portland International Airport around 4 p.m.
Portland General Electric said about 3,000 customers were without power in the greater Portland area on Sunday afternoon. Puget Sound Energy reported a drop of 3,400 customers in the greater Seattle area.
In Albany, Ore., 70 miles south of Portland, the pavement reached 171 degrees around 3 p.m. according to a tweet retweeted by the weather service. Salem also set a record – reaching 112 degrees, the hottest temperature since the city began setting records in 1890, according to the newspaper.
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In Eugene, the US track and field trials were halted Sunday afternoon and fans were urged to evacuate the stadium due to the extreme heat. The National Weather Service said it reached 110 degrees in Eugene, breaking the all-time record of 108 degrees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.