Pacific Northwest declares: 'It's hot! (to us)'

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Don't tell the rest of the country, but people in the Pacific Northwest are feeling the heat.

While the South roasted under triple-digit temperatures, Portland residents sweated through their tank tops Tuesday, the city's hottest day so far this year at 99 degrees.

That may not sound like much to hot-weather warriors in Arizona, where it was a dry 108 degrees Tuesday.

But people in swimming holes on Oregon's Sandy River and on rocky beaches in Washington state had a message for their skeptical countrymen: If you turn up the heat, do we not burn?

Also, cut us a break, we don't have air conditioners.

The Pacific Northwest suffered one last weather indignity: Even meteorologists declined to classify one hot day as a heat wave.

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