Seattle has hit record temps the last few days. We haven't wanted to move a muscle, let alone do anything so we come home and we sit. We drink a ton of ice water and we have 2, 3, 4 fans blowing on us.
I saw a statistic recently that said the Pacific Northwest is the least air-conditioned area in the country. Something like 60% do not have air conditioning. We're one of them.
Our average temps this time of year are in the low 70's but for the last few days they've been close to 100. Then today:
Everywhere you go people are talking about ways to stay cool, asking if you slept the night before. Stores are out of fans, ice, portable air conditioners... this area is not equipped to handle these extreme temperatures! Our church - and many others - plus libraries, schools, etc. have become Cooling Centers, inviting the community to come in out of the heat. We had people in and out from 10am to 10pm today. We fed them lunch and dinner, had board games, drinks, movies...
This was our reader board when I left work this evening:
I don't think it was quite that high but when we got home at 7:15 our fireplace thermostat read 89 degrees! Inside our house! We opened windows and turned on the fans. I just checked it again and right now, at 11:15pm it is 87. I believe it, it is so hot in here.
I kept texting Beth throughout the day, making sure she was okay. Her place (our daylight basement) always stays so cool in the summer because she's partially underground. We talked about dinner and then I asked how she was doing...
Stay cool my friends!! 😎