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Heat Wave in NW USA Expected to Break Records

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 09:13 AM

A record-breaking heat wave will hit the Northwest USA this week.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski explained that "an abnormally strong ridge of high pressure will bring record-shattering heat to the Pacific Northwest."

Temperatures are expected rise between 5 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, climbing into the 100s on multiple days.

The heat wave will affect northern areas including California, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia however, parts lying west of the Cascade Mountains will endure the highest temperatures.

Pydynowski predicted the heat wave to peak between Wednesday and Thursday and to shatter daily record highs across the Interstate 5 corridor of the Northwest.

Seattle will see temperatures rise into the upper 70s, while Portland could experience temperatures in the lower 80s and Medford in the lower 90s.

Pydynowski warned residents to be cautious amid such high temperatures.

"During the extreme heat wave, people should wear light-colored clothing, stay well-hydrated with water and try to limit time outdoors to the mornings and evenings," he said.

"If you have to be outside during the day, take as many breaks as possible in the shade or indoors in air conditioning."

Extreme heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the U.S.

According to The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC), over 7,000 Americans succumbed to the effects of extreme heat exposure between 1999 and 2009.

YPCCC research assistant, Ann Robertson, noted "rising temperatures due to increasing greenhouse gases, are creating a mismatch between the distribution of extreme heat events across the United States and the risk perceptions of individuals impacted by those events."

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