PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The heat wave enveloping the Western United States is setting temperature records throughout the region. In and around Portland, temperatures will rise above 90.
KOIN 6 News weathercaster Brian Miskimins predicted temperatures would be between 92 and 97 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, and may reach 100 on Monday and Tuesday.
In the end, “Sunday’s high in Portland was 97 degrees,” Miskimins said. “The last time we were that warm or warmer was August 17, 2012. Our record for the day was 100 — so we didn’t break that.”
The high heat did force the MAX trains to be slower Sunday. TriMet said riders can expect some MAX delays over the next few days because of the high heat. Temperatures in the 90s cause the power wire to sag and the rails to expand, so the trains have to stay at or below 25 mph. As the temperature dipped below 90 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday night, trains resumed to their regular speeds.
The Associated Press reports temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 115 degrees on Saturday afternoon, two degrees short of a record, while Phoenix baked in 119 degrees. Large swaths of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night — and maybe even longer.
In Death Valley — known as the hottest place on Earth — temps reached 125, according to the National Weather Service. Death Valley’s record high of 134 degrees, set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet’s highest recorded temperature.
Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said paramedics responded to a home without air conditioning and found an elderly man dead. He said while the man had medical issues, paramedics thought the heat worsened his condition.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow Heat Wave 2013.
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