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Two people die of heat amid record-high temperatures in Washington

Two people die of heat amid record-high temperatures in Washington

Two people in Washington overheated and died amid record-high temperatures in the state, according to a report.

A 65-year-old woman from Seattle and a 68-year-old woman in Enumclaw both succumbed to hyperthermia on Monday, the Seattle Times reported.

At least 10 percent of all emergency room visits in King County on Monday were heat-related, the newspaper said.

The Pacific Northwest has been gripped by a historic heatwave over the last few days, with Seattle hitting 108 degrees by Monday evening — well above Sunday’s all-time high of 104 degrees.

The scorching temperatures are unheard of in the region where the average high temperature in June is around 70 degrees.

Fewer than half of the city’s residents have air conditioning, according to US Census data.

A cafe displays a sign stating they are closed due to excessive heat during a heatwave in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Sunday, June 27, 2021.
A cafe displays a sign stating they are closed due to excessive heat during a heatwave in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, June 27, 2021.
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