AN EXTREME heatwave is scorching the US with cities set to record their hottest days ever on Monday – a day after one athlete fainted at the Olympic trials.
The National Weather Service forecasts it "will be the hottest day for [Seattle and Portland] with all-time record highs likely."
The two cities reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, breaking the all-time temperature record of 108F, which was set just a day earlier.
Forecasters say the historic heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest is expected to get even hotter on Monday before beginning to cool on Tuesday.
In Eugene, Oregon, the US track and field trials were halted on Sunday afternoon after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks left the field in a wheelchair.
Fans were also asked to evacuate the stadium due to extreme heat.
The extreme weather has left millions of Americans under heat advisory warnings.
The National Weather Service said: "To put it in perspective, today will likely go down in history as the hottest day ever recorded for places such as Seattle, WA and Portland, OR (records date back to the 1940s here).
"This level of heat is extremely dangerous and can be deadly if proper heat safety is not followed."
The NWS added: "Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued throughout most of the Northwest, Northern Great Basin, as well as parts of western Nevada and interior California.
"Residents are urged to stay in air-conditioned buildings, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, and check on family members/neighbors."
The heatwave also moved into Idaho, where temperatures above 100 F are forecast in Boise for at least seven days starting Monday.
Portland General Electric said about 3,000 customers were without electricity in the greater Portland area on Sunday afternoon.
Puget Sound Energy reported 3,400 customers down in the greater Seattle area.
It got so hot in Seattle Sunday the city parks department closed a pool because of "unsafe, dangerous pool deck temperatures."
Several COVID-19 testing sites were also closed in the city because of the heat.
Officials in Seattle have opened additional public library branches on Monday, to provide additional cooling centers.
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