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Northwest Heat Wave Sizzles

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 08:49 AM

A Pacific Northwest heat wave predicted for days has started, with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s to 100s over the next few days.

The National Weather Service announced widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories along the West Coast on Tuesday, noting that temperatures could exceed 15 degrees above normal.

The heat wave should peak by the end of the week, with Thursday and Friday expected to be the hottest days for cities in Western Washington as temperatures soar past 100 degrees Fahrenheit, topping the record of July 29, 2009.

Aside from setting record breaking high temperatures, the heatwave may also set new records for low temperatures being too high.

A concern to Q13 News meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson is that temperatures overnight would not drop by much and could lead to heat building up in houses and apartments.

The National Weather Service warned the public to be cautious, suggesting outdoor activity be limited, that sunscreen and light clothing be worn and that plenty of water be consumed.

People were also advised to avoid drinking alcohol, which could lead to dehydration, and to limit outdoor work to early mornings and late afternoons.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson explained the heatwave as “a northward bulge in the jet stream, an area of high pressure at the surface, intense sunshine and dry soil conditions are responsible for the extreme heat.”

He added that “by this weekend, the jet stream will straighten out, and the area of high pressure will weaken.”

By Saturday and Sunday, temperatures should drop between five and 15 degrees Fahrenheit; however, areas in Northern California and Nevada may only experience cooler temperatures next week.

AccuWeather reported the risk of wildfires remained high as there were limited chances for rain and showers.

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