by Elizabeth Gamillo/Smithsonianmag.com
An intense heat dome shattered records in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend—and temperatures are still rising. Millions of residents are under excessive heat warnings, with temperatures surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The skyrocketing temperatures have created unsafe conditions for people in a region not accustomed to battling heat waves, reports Jeff Berardelli for CBS News.
Washington state reached its all-time high for June at 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. Seattle and Portland both obliterated records when temperatures reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit and 112 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively, over the weekend, reports Hallie Golden for the Guardian. On Monday, records broke again when temperatures spiked to 115 degrees Fahrenheit at the Portland International Airport, reports Neil Vigdor for the New York Times. In Salem, Oregon, temperatures reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday afternoon, shattering the previous hottest record of 108 degrees Fahrenheit set in 1941 and 1927, reports Anne C. Mulkern for E&E News.