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Heat Dome Smashing Northwest Records Began With China Rain

  • Seattle, Portland may get their hottest June days in history
  • Heat warnings in Canada go as far north as the Arctic Circle
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Dangerous Northwest Heat Wave Already Triggering Power Outages
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Heavy rain in China, an expanse of warm water stretching across the North Pacific, and kinks in the jet stream are combining to drive an unusual heat wave that will set records in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle and Portland may post their hottest June days in history, while heat warnings are posted in Canada as far north as the Arctic Circle. The dangerously hot temperatures raise wildfire risk, may worsen air pollution, and pose public health threats in a region where many don’t have air conditioning.