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Pacific Northwest heat wave peaks Monday with temperatures 50 degrees above average

The extraordinary heat wave that's stifling the Pacific Northwest will peak in many areas on Monday, with Seattle forecast to smash its all-time high temperature record by about 7°F, an almost unheard-of margin for an all-time record, which are usually eclipsed by fractions of a degree.

Why it matters: After two days of oppressive heat and little relief at night, the extreme weather event, boosted by global warming, is moving into a more dangerous phase.

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