'Several record high temperatures will be approached or broken this weekend'
EUGENE, Ore. - A heat wave will bring record-setting temperatures to Western Oregon this weekend, the National Weather Service said.
"This is one of the earliest heat waves of this magnitude," forecasters in Portland said in issuing an excessive heat warning Friday. "Several record high temperatures will be approached or broken this weekend. This could be the earliest 100 degree occurrence at some locations."
The heat warning is in effect from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The forecast triggered a public health advisory from the State of Oregon.
"Summer-like weather in Oregon is great and people want to be outdoors, but temperatures at or above 100 degrees can be dangerous," says Katrina Hedberg, M.D., state epidemiologist and state health officer at the Public Health Division. "Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health. As people seek to beat the heat they often head to the rivers and lakes where drowning and hypothermia are concerns."
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Extreme heat kills more people than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined, according to the National Weather Service.
"The hot weather will create stress for anyone outdoors and involved in physical activity, as well as those not acclimated to the heat; the elderly; and the infirm," forecasters said.