By 6 p.m. Monday, the high was 103 degrees at Portland International Airport, breaking the record of 102 set in 1958.
- The Oregonian
Monday night temperatures:
88 degrees outside, 83 degrees inside, 11:30 PM
79 degrees outside, 85 degrees inside, 2:38 AM
"Acorn Cottage is hotter now (at 3 AM) than earlier this evening. This is not good."
12:48 PM update: I just set up the small chicken tractor in the small amount of shade on the side of the backyard, and moved HennyPenny over there. The radio is forecasting temperature today peaking at 105. My poor hen is panting in the heat (after all, she is wearing a down coat!), she seemed to be a bit happier in the shade.
2:36 PM update: looked outside to check on HP and the sun has moved... got the silver tarp and went outside to drape it across the west side of the enclosure. She is in the shade, but panting still. Temperature under the shaded front porch is 102. I may lose most of my garden to the heat. The kale and the squash are almost flat on the ground, tomatoes don't look too bad. I tried to bring some water to the kale, and a five gallon bucketfull to the new this year pear tree, but then had to go inside...less than ten minutes outside and I was nauseous. Just ran cold water over me again...
I don't intend to go anywhere at all today, my plan is to move the box fan with me from room to room, take mini-cold-showers, and drape myself with wet fabric. A human swamp cooler. It may not be pretty, but I intend to survive.
Even when I was a child, I did not like hot sunny days. About twenty years ago I was living with my boyfriend in Seattle, doing independent study contract work on my degree from Evergreen, and volunteering at Pratt. I did an all day enameling demo at Bumbershoot that year, and managed to give myself a nasty case of heat exhaustion. Ever since then I have had difficulty regulating my temperature when it is hot.
Fortunately, I have food in the fridge and pantry that can be eaten without cooking. I have some income-work that does not need either a 1500 degree oven or firing up the torch, and I don't have any housecleaning jobs till Friday, when (hopefully) it will not be quite as hot.
Keep cool and carry on...