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Pacific Northwest cities grind to a halt in record heat

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By Sergio Olmos PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) -Temperatures were expected to shatter records in the Pacific Northwest again on Monday, bringing the city of Portland to a standstill as residents hunkered down in air conditioned homes or cooling centers. One day after Portland saw temperatures reach 112 degrees F (44.5 degrees Celsius) on Sunday, the hottest recorded there since daily record-keeping began in 1940, the National Weather Service predicted more of the same for Monday. “To put it in perspective, today will likely go down in history as the hottest day ever recorded for places such as Seatt…

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