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US West Coast to endure record-challenging heat this week

June 12, 2019 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Temperatures will climb to their highest levels yet this year from California to Washington this week, putting a number of record highs in jeopardy.

The upcoming heat wave follows a spell of cool, unsettled weather with high-elevation snow in the Northwest to end this past week.

Instead of throwing on an extra layer before heading outside, people will be seeking ways to cool off as temperatures climb as high as 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

Typical high temperatures for this point in June vary from the lower 90s in Fresno, California, to lower 80s in Medford, Oregon, and near 70 in Seattle.

High temperatures will exceed the century mark in much of Central California early this week, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

“Monday will mark the first 100-degree day in Sacramento, California, since Aug. 18, 2018,” he said.

Sacramento’s 101-year-old daily record of 105 will be in jeopardy on this day.

While falling shy of record levels, a high in the low 90s can swelter San Francisco residents on Monday.

Portland, Oregon, is expected to hit 90 for the first time this year on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson.

The city’s high could approach the 1941 record of 95 for the date.

“The middle of the week can be even hotter in Portland as temperatures soar into the middle 90s, which would break the city’s record high of 93 from 2002,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Temperatures in Seattle will reach record territory as they approach 90 on Wednesday.

Medford, Eugene, Salem and The Dalles, Oregon, and Olympia, Everett, Yakima and Spokane, Washington, are among other communities that can put new stamps in the record books this week.

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