What is a heat dome? Pacific Northwest boils under its effects

Excessive and oppressive temperatures dominated the Pacific Northwest and cities in Oregon and Washington broke triple digits. 

EXTREME HEAT LINGERS IN NORTHWEST FOLLOWING RECORD-HIGH TEMPERATURES

The life-threatening conditions forced state and local officials to take action, issuing emergency orders and lifting COVID-19 restrictions to open cooling centers.

The wave caused pavement to crack, closing roads in Western Washington, Spokane was hit with rolling blackouts and hundreds were sent to hospitals in both states.

Salem Fire Department paramedics respond to a heat exposure call at a cooling center during a heat wave, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Salem Fire Department paramedics respond to a heat exposure call at a cooling center during a heat wave, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

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