Sweltering in Seattle

Extreme Weather

Sweltering in Seattle

As an historic heatwave bakes the Pacific Northwest, editor Kari Huus recounts the fear and chaos of her sizzling city. On the second night of Seattle’s heatwave — it’s 10 p.m. and still over 100 degrees — my daughter and I are standing waist-deep in Lake Washington. We are in good company: All along the shoreline there are silhouettes of people who have waded in, trying to cool down. By the third night, after the temperature hits a new record of 108°F (42.2°C), we seek refuge with four other families…

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