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Record heat wave possible over the holiday weekend

Dry and warm pattern today and into Wednesday as high pressure at the surface takes over the area. High temperatures are likely to be in the low to middle 80s through Wednesday, then we get very hot.  There will be plenty of sunshine and warm weather for the next several days as we prepare for the hottest stretch of heat this year. 

Highs on the Fourth of July will cross into the 90s as a ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere approaches.  The mercury in the thermometer will only get hotter as the holiday weekend moves along as triple diget highs are possible both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday will see the temperature readings reach the upper 90s in several locations.  This will begin our run of very hot weather conditions that is expected to last until at least Monday.  Records for heat are likely to fall Saturday, Sunday and Monday as we push into the triple digit range.

As mentioned, highs on Saturday and Sunday will be over 100 degrees, so make sure you prepare for the heat.  There are several health-related issues that are associated with the heat, so please prepare properly. This period of high heat may last through the following week as long range models have the region in the 90s until Saturday the 13th of July.

We often see highs over the century mark, but this will be an extended period of around ten days with highs above 90.  That will cause several issues, in addition to our health, including high fire danger.

According to Nowdata on the NWS database, here are the Bend record highs:
July 4th 96 in 2021
July 5th 98 in 1981
July 6th 99 in 2007
July 7th 98 in 1968
July 8th 97 in 1905

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