Extreme heatwave 2021: Scorching heat bakes Pacific Northwest as temperatures reach shocking highs in Oregon and Idaho

AN extreme summer heatwave has arrived as scorching temperatures scorch the Pacific Northwest and reach shocking, "record-breaking" highs in Oregon and Idaho.

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned the abnormal heat in the Pacific Northwest would up daytime temperatures into triple digits.

The sweltering weather reportedly disrupted Olympic qualifying events as temperatures soared in states like Oregon and Idaho while neighboring Canada contended with the heat.

Temperatures in Portland, OR, reached a record-breaking 112 degrees on Sunday breaking the previous day's record of 108 degrees, while the heat will soar to a roasting 100 degrees in Idaho starting on Monday for seven days.

Elsewhere, in the Oregon city of Ontario, which borders the Gem State, residents could be dealing with 109 degrees on Wednesday.

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  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    SEATTLE AND PORTLAND HIT 112 DEGREES

    Seattle and Portland reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, breaking the all-time temperature record of 108F, which was set just a day earlier.

    Forecasters say the historic heatwave hitting the Pacific Northwest is expected to get even hotter on Monday before beginning to cool on Tuesday.

    In Eugene, Oregon, the US track and field trials were halted on Sunday afternoon after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks left the field in a wheelchair.

    Fans were also asked to evacuate the stadium due to extreme heat.

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    HOT AIR MASS SCORCHES THE WEST

    A hot air mass has spurred highs to reach into the 90s and triple digits across the majority of the West throughout the week, already eclipsing records in Wyoming, Arizona, Southern California, and Utah.

    Death Valley, which holds the hottest record on Earth with a reading of 134 degrees in 1913, established a new daily record of 125 earlier this month.

    The National Weather Service in Flagstaff noted it was likely that nearly the entirety of Arizona set a new record high on the 16th.

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    ARIZONA BURN CENTER URGES CAUTION

    Amid the soaring temperatures, which are expected to top 110F in a number of states this weekend, the Arizona Burn Center has issued a warning that some surfaces can reach as high as 180F in the sweltering sun.

    Both Arizona and Nevada are on course to break all-time state record highs this week.

    The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to reach a staggering 117F in Phoenix on Thursday. Hundreds of heat records could be eclipsed in other states too.

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    WHERE HAVE HEAT WARNINGS BEEN ISSUED?

    Weather officials have issued excessive heat warnings to more than 13million residents across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

    Those living in Nevada and Montana are also under advisories.

    The dangerous heat is forecast to peak from Saturday through Monday.

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    HEAT LEADS TO RATTLESNAKE INVASION

    In some parts of Northern California, the hot dry weather has led to an influx of rattlesnakes on private property.

    Len Ramirez, who owns Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal, told Yahoo! News that he's been increasingly busy this summer across Northern California, as the snakes are getting onto people's porches, plants, and even children's play items.

    "I am busier than I have ever been," he said. "Complaints are coming in from all over the state."

    The rattlesnake remover said the drought is likely partially to blame as the snakes seek refuge from high temperatures and dry landscapes.

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    SEATTLE POOL CLOSES DUE TO HEAT

    It got so hot in Seattle Sunday the city parks department closed a pool because of "unsafe, dangerous pool deck temperatures."

    Several COVID-19 testing sites were also closed in the city because of the heat.

    Officials in Seattle have opened additional public library branches on Monday, to provide additional cooling centers.

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    NWS WARNS THAT TODAY WILL BE HOTTEST ON RECORD

    The National Weather Service said: "To put it in perspective, today will likely go down in history as the hottest day ever recorded for places such as Seattle, WA and Portland, OR (records date back to the 1940s here).

    "This level of heat is extremely dangerous and can be deadly if proper heat safety is not followed."

    The NWS added: "Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued throughout most of the Northwest, Northern Great Basin, as well as parts of western Nevada and interior California.

    "Residents are urged to stay in air-conditioned buildings, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, drink plenty of water, and check on family members/neighbors."

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