June 30, 2022

The Pacific Northwest is baking.

It is a area designed for gentle summers, with heat, dry days that act as a respite from the cool, cloudy circumstances by way of the remainder of the calendar. What it is not designed for, nevertheless, are triple-digit temperatures; the world lacks correct infrastructure to equip residents with the mechanisms they should cope. (As of 2019, simply 44% of Seattle residents reported having some type of air con.)

It is a dilemma of life-or-death significance. In late June, a historic warmth wave prompted record-breaking temperatures throughout British Columbia, Oregon and Washington, killing a whole lot. And now, the intense warmth is again: Whereas Portland usually averages only one 100-degree day a 12 months, a Wednesday and Thursday in mid-August introduced that complete as much as 5 in 2021.