Miles and I are getting through a record breaking heat dome that is covering the PNW right now. Few people, stores, or hotels here have A/C because with our normally neutral climate we’ve never needed it before! Miles and I have been staying inside during the day and going out at sunset when the sun casts a beautiful glow as it slips away. The ground is mild allowing us to be outside, but the air is punishingly hot at over 100F at 9:30pm, when these pictures were taken.
We have been having a record breaking heat wave here in the PNW. While temps over 100F aren’t weird in some places, it is very unusual here. Due to the particular nature of this heat wave, the ambient temperature is very warm, but the breeze is actually hotter. I have spent a good amount of time in the Southern USA, so I am used to hot temperatures, but not this “heat dome” effect. I keep expecting evening breezes, but am surprised with wafting oven-like heat that is hotter than the already high ambient temps, even at night. In the PNW, most families and even many stores and big hotels don’t have air-conditioning. Nighttime is the toughest with temps in the mid 80’s, with wafts of even hotter air and no relief. We just aren’t used to it here. I have been rinsing Miles down in the bathtub hourly throughout the day and night, which has proven to be the most effective solution in such a crisis. We’ve been going for meandering hot walks together at sunset which Miles loves.
The tip of dog’s tongues always remind me of an upside down heart, is that just me?
…Still willing to do a few tricks for treats though!
I brought a leash for my normally hyper dog and it became pretty obvious I really didn’t need one. He was as slow as syrup. I even had to pick him up when the light changed! Normally he releases from his stay to cross the street like a gunshot!
There is still a bit of pretty wild left though! 🙂
And nods to the former history of the walk.
Even the crows are hotttt! 🔥🔥🔥
Can you spot Miles???
Late last summer we had terrible fires in the PNW ranging from California all the way into Canada and we were trapped indoors for two weeks because the air quality was dangerous. This summer we are starting out with this heat wave. I think air purifiers and window air conditioners aren’t optional here anymore! My new little bedroom air conditioner is on back order set to arrive next week, and I do not imagine I will be returning it… Eep!
Random non-dog related note: I have been a celery + lemon juice addict for a while now. I always keep it in my fridge and relish a glass or two daily after hikes, but right now, it has REALLY helped me deal with this unexpected heat wave. Have you tried celery juice before? I swear, it isn’t just a weird diet fad. I didn’t know it had that reputation when I fell in love with it a year ago, and really, I think that reputation is not warranted! My friends always get so excited when I bring them a bottle of “Emma’s green juice.” You don’t need a fancy juicer to make it. I take 1/2 of a bunch of celery, wash it, cut it into big chunks and add to my blender, then squeeze 1/2 of a lemon’s juice into the blender. I then add 5-6 cups of water and blend for 40-60 seconds. Then I strain out and discard the fiber, and voila, I am left with the most delicious and hydrating juice ever! Normally this recipe lasts a few days in the fridge, but right now I am doubling it and drinking a full recipe every evening. It makes me feel so much better.
Update: The heat dome is dissipating tonight (June 30th) and I am up late with all of our windows and doors open to flood our place with beautiful 76F air!!! The little window air conditioner I ordered when I heard the heat dome was coming is set to arrive in a week, so if this ever happens again, Miles and I will have refuge in our bedroom. Thank you so much everyone for your thoughts! Let me know in the comments if you went through this, or heard about it in the news! I appreciate you all so much. ☺️
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is an award winning certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer who has worked exclusively virtually with clients from across the world for the past decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier copilot Miles.
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