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Today is the hottest day. Ever.

Posted by Geeky Swedes on July 29th, 2009

It’s official. Today is Seattle’s hottest day on record. At 2:53 p.m. the Sea-Tac weather station hit the 101 degree mark, breaking the previous record of 100 degrees. An hour later the mercury was still climbing and the temperature was 102 degrees. We’ll see what where we top out. According to, the 98107 zip is a steamy 104.5 degrees and the 98117 zip is currently at 102.2 degrees. A dip in Puget Sound sounds nice right about now!

Metro is warning that the afternoon bus ride home might not be pleasant. Only about 30 percent of buses have air conditioning. No a/c on a crowded bus really does sound miserable. Metro is advising that you take a later bus when fewer people are riding and the temperature drops.

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40 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Silver // Jul 30, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Thanks heavens. At least we get a medal for all this sweat!

  • 2 ballardbunny // Jul 30, 2009 at 12:42 am

    the wait outside of the library this a.m. was like a homeless rave…so sad and gross:(

  • 3 AlonzoNeighbor // Jul 30, 2009 at 12:42 am

    We made the national news.

  • 4 Silver // Jul 30, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I just saw this on KOMO's Weather page:

    “FLASH FLOOD WARNING — issued for the towns of Mineral, Elbe and Alder until 5:45 p.m. near Mt. Rainier due to stalled thunderstorm. Rain is falling at the rate of 2 inches per hour.”

    Sucks to be them!

  • 5 Jeff // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:06 am

    For a second, I thought it was going to say “… near Mt. Rainier due to melting glacier”!


  • 6 Sara // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Please. Make it stop.

  • 7 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Sara, it may be of little consolation, but this too shall pass.

  • 8 Silver // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:46 am

    There is a grass fire in the path area of the University of Washington Horticulture Center. Big response, including Harbor patrol. So far two firefighters are being evaluated for heat issues.

  • 9 Silver // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:52 am

    They have just announced that the fire is under control. Tanker trucks are still putting out spot fires.

  • 10 kim1234 // Jul 30, 2009 at 2:41 am

    it's great and yes, it will pass. much better than last winters snow and removal. remember that?

  • 11 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:40 am

    yeah, I still ache from the shoveling, but I gave myself an A+
    (a bit better than the city score)
    But it did pass as well.

  • 12 candice. // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I'm pretty sure I'm about to die.

  • 13 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Seriously? Call 911!

  • 14 (n)utcase // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Much better? how so?

    I'd give my kingdom right now for sub-freezing weather.

    today was one of the worst days of my life.

  • 15 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Kinda funny, maybe not, but I listened in to a talk show that was calling us the wimpiest people ever. I take exception, not only for myself, but for many others who face much more adversity in their lives than we could ever imagine. I'll not allow a temperature gauge, or a poll, or an opinion to color that fact. Be strong, be productive. Be well, folks.
    This too shall pass!

  • 16 NoraBell // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:24 am

    When? When will it pass?
    Sorry, I've been whining all day.

  • 17 Silver // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Just swiped from The Stranger's SLOG:

    “With extreme temperatures causing an expansion of its steel and concrete components, the University Bridge will remain in the closed position to prevent damage from an opening. While the bridge is available for motor vehicle traffic, it will not be opened for marine traffic through the night. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will leave the bridge in a closed position overnight to prevent any structural damage and adverse impacts to emergency response.”


  • 18 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Yeah, considering that it was engineered to withstand this and worse…
    Well, it is the DOT, maybe their play-doe is cracking…

  • 19 NoraBell // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Hey, how often do we get 100 degrees? They need a little perspective.
    Everyone was out of fans, btw. The Greenwood Fred Meyer said they're expecting a new shipment tonight, though.
    I just borrowed a fan from my mom (Evil Nephew is still in Oakland and doesn't need it) and bought a bunch of cold packs at Bartells.

  • 20 NoraBell // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Wow. Just….. Wow.

  • 21 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:38 am

    104-105, hopefully never again. I wasn't saying anything other than this is something to overcome. This is not something that should label us as wimps. Leave that to the wimps, please. WE can overcome.

  • 22 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hey, so your the guy that took my kingdom?
    I'll not let you peddle it for anything!

  • 23 Hmmf // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:41 am

    The people saying we are wimps are the same people that come into work sick and brag about not missing a day in 30 years.

  • 24 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Sorry Nora aka TRIX Bell, I really hope you have a smile for me anyhow.
    Well get below 70 tonight, less than a 100 f'ing something tomorrow, and soon we'll be in the balmy 80's this weekend.
    Hey, some light at the end of the tunnel.

  • 25 chopper_74 // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I haven't missed a day in over 45 years.
    Well, I skipped one ;-)

  • 26 Paul Merrill // Jul 30, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I don't know how accurate my car thermometer is, but it read 116 when I was driving up to Northgate around 5pm! (See photo:

  • 27 HeardOnthe44 // Jul 30, 2009 at 5:24 am

    University Village sign that has the time and temp also read 116 degrees today.

  • 28 Name // Jul 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Railroad bridges also have trouble in the heat. They are checked out to and closed. Not just the road bridges.

  • 29 Jules2 // Jul 30, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Wimps? I think not. The fact is that virtually none of Seattle has AC, because we rarely need it. The usual pattern is a week or so of 80+ weather in August, then it starts dropping into the pleasant 70s. Cities that I've been to that have horrendous summer weather (New York, DC, Dallas, Phoenix) in the summer have AC EVERYWHERE. Plus we have the humidity to deal with.
    We aren't used to this. We aren't prepared for this. I didn't forget to move to Arizona. How well would people in South Carolina deal with the snowstorms we had this winter ? Not real well, I would bet.

    BTW, I am so happy with my new A/C (thank you Chopper 74 and friend) that I think I'll just hunker down in front of it until the worst passes.

  • 30 jburgh // Jul 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I was at Seatac at about 2:30 yesterday. It was 105 on my car thermometer

  • 31 (n)utcase // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    yeah, but we dealt really well with those snowstorms, didn't we?

  • 32 angelatini // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    It was 111 degrees on my car thermometer about 3:30pm on First Hill yesterday. Ugh.

  • 33 phishstu // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you, sir, may I have another! Remember the basics of shade and hydration. And just don't move.

  • 34 NoraBell // Jul 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Some light. ;-)

  • 35 NoraBell // Jul 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Sound advice. I moved yesterday and regretted it.

  • 36 Jules2 // Jul 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Well, I did just fine. Of course, I spent a few of my formative years in Alaska. Bundle up, walk to where you need to go, have a fire in the fireplace…all of that seems like it was from another lifetime, doesn't it? I happen to have loved the snowstorms EXCEPT that it made getting to the passes to go skiing next to impossible. An d my poor mom was trapped at the bottom of a steep hill…but then she had plenty of food, firewood, books, etc. I actually walked all over Ballard, and saw several of my friends on skiis! There was a certain “Little-House-on-the-Prairie” aspect to it.

  • 37 Jules2 // Jul 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    This might be the perfect opportunity for folks to use those “Two Week Free Guest Passes” at the Olympic Health Club. They have a pool.

  • 38 Name // Jul 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Did anyone get a photo of the temp reading at Corry's Drycleaning on 15th Ave?? At 4:30pm it read 113 DEGREES!!! I wish I had gone back with my camera, but once I was safely in the one room of my house that has A.C. you couldn't have dragged me out with a herd of Vikings.

  • 39 to22r // Jul 30, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Oh yeah, Jules2, OHC has a pool — and they keep it warmer than bathwater. That place is a joke, and the pool is the worst.

  • 40 Sara // Jul 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I lived in Florida for years, I don't know why I'm struggling like this. Last night was better, though.

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