Record-breaking heat in the Northwest Pacific, reaching 116 degrees in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, temperatures rose to 116, the highest point ever.
A meteorologist from the Portland National Meteorological Service said people are starting to get relief tomorrow, where weather models predict elevations from the mid-1990s to high.
“We need to get used to this,” said Kristie Ebi, a professor at the University of Washington who is studying global warming and its effects on public health.

A record heat wave that subsided over the weekend in the Northwest Pacific peaked on Monday. Temperatures in Portland, Oregon and Seattle rose to 116 and 106, respectively, surpassing previous highs – some of which were set just last week.

These are stifling numbers in a region where many residents don’t have air conditioning: In Seattle, less than 50% of homes don’t have a system. And while a recent nationwide survey shows that nearly 80 percent of Portland homes have AC, about half of those have a window unit, which provided significantly less relief than a central air system.

“It’s like a sauna in our apartment – so warm you can’t even wear clothes,” said Lilly Pelish, 28, who lives in southwest Portland. He said the temperature in his apartment was 110 degrees when he woke up on Monday morning.

After spending most of Sunday sitting in the shower drenching herself with cold water every 30 minutes, Pelish knew “I was not going to let our pets stay in the apartment all day again.”  So she and her wife, Sage, headed for a cooling center set up at the Oregon Convention Center. They brought their Husky-Pit Bull mix Shyla with them, and a “very grumpy” cat named Bagherra.

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