Warning: Dangerous weather combination in northwestern U.S. next week
The heat has throttled back slightly since its peak around the middle of this past week, but temperatures are projected to remain 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit above early August normals through much of this week.
The high temperature in Portland, Oregon, has not been below 90 since July 30 and may not drop below this mark until late next week.
Temperatures will approach the century mark once again around Tuesday and Wednesday after dropping slightly over the weekend.
Seattle will once again climb into the lower 90s on multiple afternoons during the first half of the week, following a dip into the upper 80s to start the weekend. Daily record highs will be approached on Sunday and Monday.
Temperatures in interior hot spots will return to the 100s.
The unseasonable heat, combined with poor air quality, will continue to put a strain on those who venture outdoors. Even typically healthy groups may need to limit the amount of strenuous activity outside.
Children, the elderly and those with respiratory issues may need to limit outdoor time altogether. ■