Extreme heatwave 2021: Scorching weather bakes Pacific Northwest as temperatures surge across Portland and Seattle

Extreme heatwave 2021: Scorching weather bakes Pacific Northwest as temperatures surge across Portland and Seattle

AN extreme summer heatwave has arrived as scorching temperatures scorch the Pacific Northwest and reach shocking, "record-breaking" highs in Oregon and Idaho.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned the abnormal heat in the Pacific Northwest would up daytime temperatures into triple digits.

The sweltering weather reportedly disrupted Olympic qualifying events as temperatures soared in states like Oregon and Idaho while neighboring Canada contended with the heat.

Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a record-breaking 112 degrees on Sunday breaking the previous day's record of 108 degrees, while the heat will soar to a roasting 100 degrees in Idaho starting on Monday for seven days.

Elsewhere, in the Oregon city of Ontario, which borders the Gem State, residents could be dealing with 109 degrees on Wednesday.

Read our heat wave live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    DEATH VALLEY REACHES 125 DEGREES

    Death Valley, which holds the hottest record on Earth with a reading of 134 degrees in 1913, reached 125F this month.

    Newsom's office said: "The proclamation suspends certain permitting requirements, allowing the use of back-up power generation and freeing up additional energy capacity to help alleviate the heat-induced demands on the state’s energy grid."

    The National Weather Service has warned the San Joaquin Valley faces "dangerously hot, potentially life-threatening temperatures" until the weekend.

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    HOW MANY AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ON HEAT WARNING?

    Around 50 million Americans – an eighth of the population – have been under extreme weather warnings this week because of the historic heat dome, including in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

    The Arizona Burn Center has issued a warning that some surfaces can reach as high as 180F in the sweltering sun.

    "We've had quite a few patients over the last week or so," Arizona Burn Center director Dr. Kevin Foster told CNN.

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    CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR WARNS OF RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES

    Governor Gavin Newsom warned residents of "extreme heat peril" on Thursday with the high temperatures in Arizona "almost sizzling skin".

    The state of emergency means officials can ramp up power plants operations if necessary to meet electricity demand.

    That came after the state's power grid operator asked Californians to "pitch in" and conserve energy where possible.

    System CEO Elliot Mainzer said: "Californians have stepped up many times before when asked to pitch in, and I’m confident they will do so."

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    RESIDENTS RUSH TO BUY AIR CONDITIONERS

    The blazing temperatures have sent residents in the affected areas scrambling to cooling centers and to stores to purchase air conditioning as they prepare for the unprecedented heat. 

    AP reports that many Northwesterners don't even own air conditioning, leading to stores in the region selling out of portable air conditioners and fans.

    In Portland, some hospitals have even canceled outdoor vaccination clinics in preparation for the heat as cities in the region opened cooling centers.  

    Multnomah County also plans to open three cooling centers this weekend, including one at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST?

    According to AccuWeather, average highs in the Northwest region in June usually range in the 70s to the 80s.

    “There are typically a few rounds of heat in the Pacific Northwest each summer, but this particular heatwave looks quite extreme," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

    This extreme heat will be the result of a large northward bulge in the jet stream.

    “When the jet stream behaves this way, the air at mid- and upper levels of the atmosphere becomes very warm,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski added.  

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    HOW HOT WILL SEATTLE GET?

    The Washington Post reported that Seattle will face 104-degree temperatures on Monday, exceeding the city’s highest-ever temperature recorded of 103 degrees.

    The state has only hit 100 degrees three times in recorded history.

    “If you're keeping a written list of the records that will fall, you might need a few pages by early next week,” NWS Seattle tweeted.

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    HOW MANY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED A HEAT WARNING?

    Weather officials have issued excessive heat warnings to more than 13million residents across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

    Those living in Nevada and Montana are also under advisories.

    The dangerous heat is forecast to peak from Saturday through Monday.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted: “A dangerous and record-breaking heat wave will begin across the Northwest U.S. south into southern California today lingering through this week.

    “While the heat should abate along the West Coast by midweek, it is expected to persist inland and expand into the Rockies.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    SEATTLE AND PORTLAND HIT 112 DEGREES

    Seattle and Portland reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, breaking the all-time temperature record of 108F, which was set just a day earlier.

    Forecasters say the historic heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest is expected to get even hotter on Monday before beginning to cool on Tuesday.

    In Eugene, Oregon, the US track and field trials were halted on Sunday afternoon after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks left the field in a wheelchair.

    Fans were also asked to evacuate the stadium due to extreme heat.

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    HOT AIR MASS SCORCHES THE WEST

    A hot air mass has spurred highs to reach into the 90s and triple digits across the majority of the West throughout the week, already eclipsing records in Wyoming, Arizona, Southern California, and Utah.

    Death Valley, which holds the hottest record on Earth with a reading of 134 degrees in 1913, established a new daily record of 125 earlier this month.

    The National Weather Service in Flagstaff noted it was likely that nearly the entirety of Arizona set a new record high on the 16th.

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    ARIZONA BURN CENTER URGES CAUTION

    Amid the soaring temperatures, which are expected to top 110F in a number of states this weekend, the Arizona Burn Center has issued a warning that some surfaces can reach as high as 180F in the sweltering sun.

    Both Arizona and Nevada are on course to break all-time state record highs this week.

    The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to reach a staggering 117F in Phoenix on Thursday. Hundreds of heat records could be eclipsed in other states too.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHERE HAVE HEAT WARNINGS BEEN ISSUED?

    Weather officials have issued excessive heat warnings to more than 13million residents across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

    Those living in Nevada and Montana are also under advisories.

    The dangerous heat is forecast to peak from Saturday through Monday.

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    HEAT LEADS TO RATTLESNAKE INVASION

    In some parts of Northern California, the hot dry weather has led to an influx of rattlesnakes on private property.

    Len Ramirez, who owns Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal, told Yahoo! News that he's been increasingly busy this summer across Northern California, as the snakes are getting onto people's porches, plants, and even children's play items.

    "I am busier than I have ever been," he said. "Complaints are coming in from all over the state."

    The rattlesnake remover said the drought is likely partially to blame as the snakes seek refuge from high temperatures and dry landscapes.

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    SEATTLE POOL CLOSES DUE TO HEAT

    It got so hot in Seattle Sunday the city parks department closed a pool because of "unsafe, dangerous pool deck temperatures."

    Several COVID-19 testing sites were also closed in the city because of the heat.

    Officials in Seattle have opened additional public library branches on Monday, to provide additional cooling centers.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NWS WARNS THAT TODAY WILL BE HOTTEST ON RECORD

    The National Weather Service said: "To put it in perspective, today will likely go down in history as the hottest day ever recorded for places such as Seattle, WA and Portland, OR (records date back to the 1940s here).

    "This level of heat is extremely dangerous and can be deadly if proper heat safety is not followed."

    The NWS added: "Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued throughout most of the Northwest, Northern Great Basin, as well as parts of western Nevada and interior California.

    "Residents are urged to stay in air-conditioned buildings, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, and check on family members/neighbors."

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