They are suffering in Seattle, and throughout western Washington, with record heat. A heatwave of historic proportions peaked today. The high in Seattle: 98 degrees. That broke the old record of 95, set back in 1951, but fell short of the all-time Seattle record of 100 degrees.

Hoquiam set their all-time record high of 99 degrees on Tuesday. Today, Bellingham tied their all-time record when it hit 94. The heat on the west side prompted the National Weather Service to issue an "Excessive Heat Warning", and cooling centers were opened in many areas to help the west-siders get a break from their mostly un-airconditioned homes.