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Pacific Northwest prepares for heat wave

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Extreme heat danger signage stands as visitors walk along sand dunes at sunset inside Death Valley National Park in June 17, 2021 in Inyo County, California. - Much of the western United States is braced for record heat waves this week, with approximately 50 million Americans placed on alert on June 15 for "excessive" temperatures, which could approach 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) in some areas. The National Park Service warns of extreme summer heat, urging tourists to carry extra water and "travel prepared to survive" in the hottest, lowest, and driest national park featuring steady drought and extreme climates. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Extreme heat danger signage stands as visitors walk along sand dunes at sunset inside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Extreme heat danger signage stands as visitors walk along sand dunes at sunset inside Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:11 PM PT – Saturday, June 26, 2021

The National Weather Service has forewarned a heat wave to hit the Pacific Northwest and estimated it to likely be one of the most extreme in the region’s history. Parts of the country have been preparing for the massive heat wave, which is expected to hit this weekend.

Triple digit record temperatures or 30 degrees above normal are anticipated to hit the Pacific Northwest. Air-conditioning units in these areas are not always common, which has led many local residents to go out and buy units from stores before the weather hits.

Social service providers across the region have made efforts to hand out water to the homeless, while officials opened cooling centers for individuals to escape the extreme heat.

“This is a place where anybody can come and get a break from the heat and it’s really important to give your body some rest period because it’s work,” Chief Health Officer for Multnomah County Dr. Jennifer Vines  explained. “It’s work for the body to keep you cool.”

According to the National Weather Service, conditions could be fatal and issued heat warnings for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.

“We’re looking at record-level temperatures, certainly daily record temperatures, but probably in some locations all-time record high temperatures and even low temperatures through the weekend,” Kirby Cook of National Weather Service explained. “…It’s also a longer period of pretty warm temperatures, which is pretty rare for us.”

Portland, Oregon may top 108 degrees Fahrenheit where as Seattle, a state which has hit 100 degrees only three times in recorded history, is expected to top over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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