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Dangerously Hot Temperatures Scorch The Region

Zulki Jrzt

Much of the West Coast was faced with sweltering heat this last weekend. With some areas facing the hottest temperatures on record, people in Northern California and Southern Oregon are being forced to adapt to the extreme conditions.

Over the weekend, Roseburg hit its highest temperature of all time at 113 degrees. Medford and Klamath Falls set record highs for the month of June.

For people without air conditioning, such extreme conditions are not just uncomfortable, but dangerous.

Richard Bann, a meterologist with the National Weather Service, says people need to pay close attention to their body to avoid heat stress conditions like heat stroke.

“The heat combination where some places that it’s humid limits the body’s ability to keep itself cool," said Bann. "Staying indoors, limiting activity, drinking plenty of fluids are all steps to be taken to help get through this.”

He also recommends people who can’t stay cool at home visit one of the cooling centers set up in towns such as Redding, Medford, Roseburg and Ashland.

Bann says extreme heat often leads people to crank their air conditioner, causing the demand for electricity skyrocket.

“I do know the increased heat does lead to increased power demands which can lead to some problems with brownouts or blackouts," he said.

Over 30,000 people in the Rogue Valley lost power Sunday night. Utility company Pacific Power says they are still investigating the cause of the blackout, but it had to do with an equipment problem.

Bann says he doesn’t expect cool temperatures in the region anytime soon, but does expect slight relief in the next few days.