BEND, OR -- Triple-digit weather is coming to the Pacific Northwest, and the High Desert will see the heat wave last well into the weekend. Meteorologist Dennis Hull, with the National Weather Service, says it will be warmer than typical, "Normally, our temperatures are in the 80s this time of year; you know, 85-90. We do get hot spells most every summer, but this is probably going to be record-setting on some of those days. Thursday and Friday will be our hottest days and we'll probably set some records, so we're looking at temperatures anywhere from 12-15 degrees above normal."
Hull says everyone should take steps during extreme heat to stay healthy, "Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the late morning to early evening hours because that's when the heat will be most intense. Just try to stay hydrated as much as possible and be in air conditioning as much as possible, too. Avoid any strenuous activity during those time periods; try to do it in the early morning or in the evening around sunset." He says it can be difficult to diagnose the symptoms in our pets, kids, or the elderly, and easy to let our guard down as the heat wave continues. "It's going to be a four to five day siege, at least, of these extreme temperatures. So, make sure they have some fresh, cool water to drink; and check on other people, and if they feel like they're feeling lethargic or maybe not quite as alert as you would normally expect them to be, they may be showing signs of heat exhaustion."