Record heat warning hits the state

Thinking about traveling over to the valley? It might be best to put off the trip for a day or two.

Blistering temperatures are scorching their way across the Willamette Valley, with highs between 95 and 100 degrees on Wednesday prompting a National Weather Service heat advisory extending through the valley and well into the east side of the Coast Range. The weather service warns the peak heat, occurring between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., could even be life-threatening as southern Oregon areas stare at thermometers set to hit 105 and areas south of Cottage Grove receive an excessive heat warning. Several areas of the state including Portland, Salem and Eugene are poised to shatter heat records.

The coast itself is in the midst of several balmy days, where areas out of the shelter of the moderating sea breezes have become uncomfortably hot. Temperatures near the shore were in the 70s Tuesday but set to hit 85 in Toledo.

Residents who do travel to the state’s interior are warned to be cautious.

“Hot temperatures will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” NWS warns. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”