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Worst of heat wave could spare Eugene

Forecasters say a heat wave will stick around for much of the week in the Willamette Valley.
Forecasters say a heat wave will stick around for much of the week in the Willamette Valley.

The Willamette Valley is bracing for its first extended heat wave of the summer next week. But forecasters say the Eugene-Springfield area could be spared from the worst of it.

The heat will start building on Sunday and will peak mid-week. It’s not expected to approach the scorching highs of last year’s heat dome, but the northern Willamette Valley could reach the upper 90’s. The southern part of the valley might top out at a few degrees less, according to the National Weather Service.

"Either way, mid-90’s is still hot," said John Bumgardner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. "And given we won’t be cooling off a whole lot at night, especially in urbanized areas where the heat island effect is most pronounced, the extended duration of heat could have a cumulative detrimental effect on folks without air conditioning.”

Bumgardner said it will be a good week to check in on friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable to the heat.

People on the coast, meanwhile, will hardly notice any heat whatsoever. Temperatures along the central Oregon coast are expected to reach the upper 60's to lower 70's next week.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018 and became News Director in March, 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”