In Portland, Oregon, 115 degrees is not normal.
Late last month, however, the Pacific Northwest saw the temperature skyrocket and break multiple records. The thermometer soared to 115 in Portland and 108 in Seattle. The heatwave caused up to 100 deaths in Oregon, USA Today reported. The usual regional temperature in June is in the high 80s.
For outdoor construction work, the heat posed an unusual challenge in the region. The summer months provide more sunlight, which allow for longer work days, but with that comes risks of heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses.