Via the Seattle Times:
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning along with a prediction for temperatures that could climb close to triple digits midweek.
And before any transplants or visitors start mocking Pacific Northwesterners for what could seem to be hyper-heat sensitivity — after all, July and August are typically the hottest months nationwide — please remember that only about 15 percent of Seattle-area homes have central air conditioning.
In fact, only one major metro area has fewer air-conditioned homes than Seattle, and that’s San Francisco, according to The Seattle Times’ FYI Guy, Gene Balk.
“This is definitely not a town that was built on air conditioning, and usually we don’t need it,” said Dana Felton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. “We have only hit 100 or more on three days in 120 years of keeping records, and on average we have only three 90-degree-plus days a year.”
Plus the smoke from wildfires up in British Columbia has made it especially uncomfortable.
By contrast, the high today in Miami is expected to be 90. And no, I’m not gloating; 90 in Miami with 80% humidity is uncomfortable, too. But one usually thinks of the Pacific Northwest as being a cool summer place.