REDMOND, OR -- Central Oregon's hot temperatures broke records Monday. The previous record high at the Redmond Airport was set in 2003, which was shattered with an official high of 98 degrees on Monday.
However, with unofficial thermometers soaring past 100 in many areas, Redmond's splash pad at Centennial Park was a popular place to cool off. Martha and Shawn Murphy brought their three- and five-year-old daughters to the park, and Martha tells KBND being five-months pregnant makes it even more difficult to stay comfortable. "We have A/C at home, but it's not doing the trick. You've got to come down here and get in the water." Courtney Scott brought her three- and five-year-old kids for the first time. "We've driven by and seen it and thought we'd try it out to keep the kids cool today!"
Many tried to stay inside with air conditioning, but for some that's not possible. Jonathan Magana was working on a nearly constructed new home in Redmond, Monday. He says it's not easy to stay cool. "I just try to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. It's really hot out here!" He says his crew tries to strategically work around the construction site where shade is available.
Madras and Warm Springs also hit triple digits, yesterday. Highs are expected back into the low 90s today, and will stay in the 80s through the end of the week.