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Dangerous heat to hit western U.S. during 1st week of August

Staff Writer |
As the calendar flips from July to August, folks across the western United States will begin to face a resurgence of heat that will last through at least the first week of the month.

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"Excessive heat is coming to a large area in the West next week from California and Nevada and into the interior Northwest," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ken Clark said.

A ridge in the upper-level winds is expected to build across the western U.S. and Canada next week which will allow warm air to build below it. An increased risk for heat-related dangers and wildfire ignition will accompany the warmth.

The majority of the western U.S. and Canada will experience above-average temperatures but the greatest temperature anomalies will likely be focused across northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, British Columbia and Alberta.

"The likelihood of dangerous heat will increase across this area with temperatures Monday through Wednesday averaging 10 to 15 degrees above normal," Clark said.

Folks who plan on spending extended periods of time outside, especially during the afternoon will raise their risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

It is important for people to realize the dangers of this heat. The risk for heat-related illnesses can be lowered by drinking plenty of water, wearing light colored clothing, and limiting any vigorous activities to the morning or evening.

In some locations, afternoon temperatures will approach record territory during the middle of the week. Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho, are two cities that will challenge records on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, many locations will fall a few degrees short of records.

Those looking to beat the heat may want to consider heading to coastal beaches where the heat will be greatly moderated. However, some coastal waters could be dangerous to enter early next week.

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