By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Heat wave on the way

At present, the forecast calls for temperatures in the high 80s over the next four or five days. However, in a special weather statement, the NWS warned that some communities in Northwestern Oregon could experience much hotter weather.

“Some computer models indicate temperatures across the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge could approach or even exceed the century mark Monday and/or Tuesday,” the statement warns. It continued, “Considerable uncertainty exists in just how hot it will get. Regardless... relative humidities will likely be higher than normal during this time … leading to heat indices possibly exceeding the actual air temperature.”

The agency went on to say, “The air will feel unusually muggy by Pacific Northwest standards, and will likely only exacerbate heat-related health issues.” It warned, “Those sensitive to heat, including the elderly, pets and those working and/or exercising outside, should be prepared to deal with unusually hot daytime temperatures and warm nights.”

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