Saturday, August 05, 2017

Extreme heat gripping Washington and Oregon

Aug 4, 2017, 12:31 PM ET

Extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest is breaking records and causing a multitude of issues for residents.

The hot weather has prompted the National Weather Service to issue excessive heat and red flag warnings for residents in six western states: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.


In Seattle, temperatures hit a high of 96 degrees, breaking the record high of 90 degrees set almost 30 years ago.

The hot streak has lasted 48 days and there have been more than 50 record highs in the Northwest in the last three days.


There have been more than 40 fires in the area and smoke continues to billow across the western states.


Poor air quality and heavy haze are expected in Seattle and Portland because of the wildfires

tags: extreme weather, severe weather

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