How to BEAT the HEAT
Scorching temperatures send residents flocking to lakes, rivers, pools
Break out the coolers and swim fins, folks. Its going to stay hot for a while in the Willamette Valley.
Forecasters say a torrid heat wave that started more than a week ago will continue into the July 4 holiday weekend and possibly beyond.
The thermometer was expected to hit a sizzling 95 degrees Friday and also on Independence Day Saturday, and will flirt with 100 degrees Thursday and Sunday.
For western Washington County residents, relief may only come by flipping on the air conditioning or escaping to Hagg Lake or the coast. Temperatures at Cannon Beach are expected to be in the high 60s and low 70s for the next seven days.
According to weather.com, June record highs have been broken in at least 31 cities in the Northwest. Portland logged its eighth day of 90-degree-plus heat Monday, breaking the June record of six days set in 2003.
The extreme heat is likely to last into next week and may end up breaking records for longevity as well, the website said. The culprit in this hot setup is a dome of high pressure aloft, surging northwestward to encompass a large area of the western states.
The Portland metro area last saw triple-digit heat in August 2012. The areas longest streak of 90-degree temperatures was 10 days in 2009.