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Lane County prepares to sweat out scorcher week

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Raphael Wild
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With temperatures in the south Willamette Valley hitting the 90s all week, Lane County officials are making sure locals know where to find relief.

The sustained heatwave – including a projected high of 100 on Tuesday – means there’s risks of heat exhaustion and dehydration, particularly for the homeless.

Jason Davis of Lane County Public Health said fortunately, many regular cooling sites -including city hall and the Eugene Public Library – are open already for their usual weekday hours.

“We believe that will be adequate for this heat event," Davis told KLCC. "So really what we’re focusing in on is making sure that our partners have what they need like staffing and supplies, to open up and provide those resources to community members who come in."

Davis added the county will routinely assess overnight temperatures, to see if any special accommodations need to be made. Thankfully, it appears overnight lows will dip into the low 60s and upper 50s.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.