Hottest week of year expected


by Teresa Blackman and Art Edwards, Staff

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:06 AM

PORTLAND – The hottest temperatures of the summer were expected to hit the Portland Metro area this week.

Meteorologists were predicting temperatures in the 90s from Wednesday through at least Sunday.

“We continue to track a hot weather pattern for all of this coming week,” said KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill. "The hottest temperatures of this summer will be possible, starting Wednesday. East winds will return mid-week, pushing increasing smoke into western valleys and raising air quality concerns.”

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Along the Oregon Coast, Hill said high temperatures were expected to climb into the 80s midweek.

"East winds will bring sunny skies and highs near 80 mid-week," he explained.

At Providence Medical Center they are ready for any problems the heat could bring. 

Dr. John Heiser at Providence St. Vincent said it’s important for people to listen to their bodies when it gets hot.

“Most people that would get hot would get weak and lightheaded.  If they were listening to their body they would probably do fine”.

Some people may need to look for places to stay cool or find a fan or air conditioner.  Ankeny Hardware in SE Portland has about 500 fans in stock, displayed in the front window so people know they have a wide variety available.