I have a lot of internet friends in the Pacific Northwest, including champion of small bloggers and all-around good guy Tengrain. The Pacific Northwest is currently gripped in a dangerous heat wave, with Portland, Oregon baking at a temperature of 112F (44.4444C). The danger of this heat wave is compounded by the fact that air conditioning is far from ubiquitous in the historically temperate region. As always, unhoused individuals are at particular risk. I can't even begin to comprehend the effects this heat will have on the local flora and fauna.
A glance at a weather map of this region is enough to give one the creeping horrors, CBS is describing the phenomenon as a once in a millennium heat dome, though I suspect that 'once in a millennium' is going to be a regular occurrence in the coming decades. Can we talk about global warming now? Sure, it's too late to forestall a catastrophic change in worldwide climate, but the earlier we start combating the problem, the more we can mitigate the civilization-altering effects.
Here in the New York metropolitan area, the expected high is a relatively temperate 92F (33.3333C). While not comparable to the heat cooking the Pacific Northwest, this temperature poses a specific threat, if the 1950s science fiction B-movie It Came from Outer Space is a credible source:
When has a B-movie ever steered you wrong? Be cool, everybody.