And the heat isn’t limited to one region.
Nearly 40 million people are under heat alerts Wednesday in the Northwest and the South, including in Dallas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. Parts of the Carolinas are also feeling the heat, reaching heat indices, or “feels like temperatures,” of 105 degrees and above.
Dangerous heat in store for Pacific Northwest
Portland and Seattle are under excessive heat warnings through the end of the week as searing temperatures look likely to set records.
Portland surpassed a daily record Tuesday, reaching a scorching 102 degrees — the first time the city had reached triple digits this year. Seattle also set a record, reaching 94 degrees. Other places in the state, including Olympia, Bellingham and Vancouver broke daily high temperature records as well.
The intense heat will stick around until at least the weekend, as Portland is forecast to flirt with triple digits through Saturday. It’s even hotter in portions of central Oregon and Washington, where some areas could feel as hot as 115 degrees.
Since last year’s all-time record heat wave — when Portland reached 116 degrees on June 28 — Oregon has been preparing and supporting residents for dangerous heat events.
This past weekend, the health authority delivered 500 units and is receiving 3,000 more to distribute this summer.
“Climate change has made extreme heat events the rule, not the exception, during Oregon’s summer months,” said health authority Director Patrick Allen in the news release. “These air conditioning units are a necessary step for building resilience to this health threat, particularly for those most vulnerable to heat exhaustion, heatstroke and death.”
Washington’s largest energy utility, Puget Sound Energy, advised residents to run appliances — such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers — at night to conserve energy. It also recommended cleaning your current air filter to maintain adequate air flow.
Portions of southern US under heat alerts … again
Portions of Texas could reach a heat index of 105 degrees Wednesday, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, is under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m.
Dallas is just four days away from reaching the second-longest consecutive period without precipitation on record, all while it continues an 11-day streak of temperatures of 100 degrees and above.
Waco, Texas, is also having one of its driest years on record, placing second to the year 1925.
Tulsa will approach 106 degrees Wednesday night, with heat index values up to 112. But thunderstorms and rain chances enter the forecast Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday.
Raleigh, North Carolina, is under a heat advisory through the evening. Hot temperatures combined with dew points of 70 degrees will increase humidity in the state, sending temperatures to feel like 105 degrees.
A marginal risk of severe thunderstorms in the late afternoon hours could provide relief for the Carolinas on Wednesday.
CNN’s Jennifer Henderson contributed to this story.