Heat wave hits U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canada

Temperatures in the U.S. Pacific Northwest cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, reached levels not seen since record-keeping began in the 1940s: 46.1 degrees Celsius in Portland and 42.2 degrees Celsius in Seattle, according to the National Weather Service.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued a similar warning, urging people to “stay in air-conditioned buildings, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, and check on family members and neighbors.”

Cities across the western United States and Canada opened emergency cooling centers and outreach workers handed out bottles of water and hats. The heat wave has forced some schools and COVID-19 vaccination centers to close in some areas, while officials set up temporary water fountains and misting stations on street corners.

A senior climatologist for Environment Canada, said, “Dubai would be cooler than what we’re seeing now.”

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