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Oregon Forecast Predicts Hot, Dry, Smoky Autumn; Likely Little Relief On The Way

Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There appears to be little relief from the hot, dry and smoky conditions that have plagued Oregon this summer.

Forecasters expect hot and dry conditions to continue well into autumn, exacerbating a drought that grows deeper by the day.   

Almost 70 percent of Oregon is now in “severe drought,” with parts of Southern Oregon lapsing into “exceptional drought,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday.

“It’s not looking good,” National Weather Service meteorologist Laurel McCoy said. “It doesn’t mean we won’t get any rain once we get into fall, but chances are it’s going to be less than normal.”

Read the full story at The Statesman Journal.