Trying to beat the heat in Portland this week?

Trying to beat the heat in Portland this week?


by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 8:22 PM

How do you beat the heat?

PORTLAND -- The skies are clear and flowers are in bloom.

If you went outside Monday or if you are stuck inside with no air conditioner you felt the heat.

"It's really hot. I can't do it. I'm in my room just sprawled out, like give me air," said Kaleigh McNair.

McNair, 15 and her mom Kara have had it with the heat.

"We live on the sixth floor, the top floor of our building and we have all windows. It faces the West Hills and so by 6 o'clock in the evening, it's unbearable," said Kara McNair.

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It was so unbearable, they had to at least buy a window air conditioning unit.

"I saw the week and it was like 88 to 95 degrees," McNair said. "We're going on vacation for a couple days and to the beach to get out of it for a little while. But, while we're at home, we need to be comfortable and you just can't sleep at night."

John Shaner's Northwest Portland apartment complex has air in the hallways but not in his apartment. He joked that he'd like to sleep in the hall.

"On the hot days it gets pretty stuffy, so we need to move some air around," said Shaner, who bought a box fan Monday.

Air conditioning units are going fast at Ace Hardware in Portland's Pearl District Neighborhood. They're having to stock the shelves about every two days.

"Just keeping your household cool in general just makes you feel better, it puts you in a better mood," said Ray Murray, Manager of the Pearl Ace Hardware.

The window units run about $120 to $350 depending on the size area you want to cool off. A portable air conditioner will run you about $400.

"I think we got hotter earlier this year than what we normally do, so I think that's pushing people out a little sooner than what they thought they'd have to," said Murray.

KGW went to several parks on Monday and the ones with full-sun were empty. Park goers told us places like Wallace Park was just too hot. People were flocking to the parks with shade like Couch Park, having picnics just trying to catch a breeze.

Jillian Hicks and Michael Lowery said they moved to Portland to get away from the heat.

"I'm from Los Angeles, so I'm used to just dry heat all the time," Lowery. "I don't do real well in the heat, that's why I moved to the Northwest. But, it followed me so I'm trying to find some shade."