Temperatures were recorded in Oregon and Washington for three consecutive days. The hottest Monday was in Seattle, where the temperature reached 42 degrees Celsius, and in Portland – 46 degrees. In Portland, it wasn’t much colder on Sunday – it was 45 degrees Celsius there, he said USA Today. In June, the average temperature there ranges from 21 to 23 degrees Celsius and many residents do not have air conditioning in their homes. He pointed out that the heat wave was “unprecedented”. CNN He points out that there was still July before the population, which was by far the hottest month of the year in many places.
There was a power grid failure, the highway was closed
Because of the heat waves, air-conditioned cooling centers have been opened for residents across the area, some of which have mattresses for sleeping. In Portland, tram and electric rail traffic has ceased. Due to the significant increase in electricity consumption by air conditioners and fans, the electricity network has been disrupted in some places. Severe temperatures forced transportation services to close I-5 due to cracks in the pavement. Classes in schools and universities have been cancelled.
Authorities also reported more hospitalizations due to heatstroke and hyperthermia. The number of drownings is also higher than usual, with many people seeking refreshment in bodies of water. Doctors assure that the temperature that is currently faced by residents of the northwestern states, especially when the night does not bring much cold, is dangerous for life.
Experts urge you to avoid strenuous exercise and wash Outside, drink plenty of water and stay in air-conditioned rooms, he says United States of America Today, he emphasized that you should also pay attention to how your loved ones react to the heat. “Children and animals should not, under any circumstances, be left unattended in vehicles,” the portal notes.
The heat wave, which also spread to parts of the Canadian province of British Columbia, was caused by the high pressure system. This phenomenon is exacerbated by prolonged drought – under normal conditions, water absorbs some of the heat.