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Oregon in state of emergency due to ‘extreme heat wave’

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  • Oregon is in a state of emergency amid an “extreme heat wave.”
  • Some areas are expected to hit the triple digits.
  • A previous heat wave in June resulted in numerous heat-related deaths.

Oregon has declared a state of emergency amid the threat of temperatures entering the triple digits again only weeks following a previous deadly heat wave.

“Oregon is facing yet another extreme heat wave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) said in a news release. “I encourage Oregonians to take proactive steps to keep themselves and their families safe, including drinking plenty of fluids, taking advantage of cooling centers, and checking in on neighbors, friends, and loved ones.”


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The emergency order is in effect from Tuesday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 20, and the National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings in numerous counties until Aug. 14. In Salem, Thursday’s temperatures are expected to hit close to 105 degrees.

During June’s heat wave, areas such as Portland hit highs of 116 degrees. Numerous deaths due to hyperthermia, where the body overheats, were linked to the heat wave in Oregon at the time — many of them elderly.


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