Oregon Braces For Scorching Heat Wave, Temperatures May Soar To 115°F

by | Jul 2, 2024 | Featured, News, Weather

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Extreme heat is possible this week across Oregon. The National Weather Service has recently issued several warnings, from excessive heat watches and heat advisories to excessive heat warnings. Some areas of the state may be facing temperatures up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Northwest And West Central Oregon - Temps Up To 103 Degrees Fahrenheit

There is an excessive heat watch from Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. Temperatures could get up to 103 degrees.

A heat weather map of north west Oregon for July 2024.
Photo via weather.gov. The red highlights the affected area.

Southwest Oregon - Temps Up To 115 Degrees Fahrenheit

There is an excessive heat warning from Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening. Dangerously hot temperatures of 110 to 115 degrees are possible. Affected areas are Josephine and Jackson counties and eastern Curry county, including the entire Rogue Valley and the cities of Butte Falls, Cave Junction, Grants Pass and Medford.

A heat map of southwest Oregon for July 2024.
Map via weather.gov. The purple highlights the affected area.

Southwest And Southcentral Oregon - Temps Up To 105 Degrees Fahrenheit

There is a heat advisory from now through Sunday evening. Temperatures between 90 and 105 degrees are possible.

A heat map from weather.gov of South central and south west Oregon.
Map via weather.gov. The red highlights the affected area.

What To Do In Extreme Heat To Stay Safe

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are no joke. It's important to look out for signs of heat related illness during times of extreme heat. Heat related illness can affect everyone, but infants, children, and the elderly may need extra monitoring as they may not be able to express that they're struggling. Dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, weakness, confusion, and loss of consciousness are all symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

If a person is dizzy, thirsty, sweating heavily, has nausea or weakness: move them too a cooler area, loosen clothing, have them sip cool water, and seek medical help if their symptoms don't improve.

If a person has confusion and dizziness or becomes unconscious: call 911, move the person to a cooler area, loosen clothing, remove extra layers, and cool them with water or ice.

An infographic about what to do if you start to feel sick during extreme heat.
Photo via NOAA.

During extreme heat, the national weather service advises that people drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and stay inside in an air-conditioned room. People should check up on their relatives and neighbors, and should not leave children and pets in unattended vehicles as car interiors can reach lethal temperatures within minutes.

When outside, wear loose fitting clothing that is lightweight, and try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening when the temperatures are not as extreme.

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Written By Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson is a native Oregonian currently living in Southern Oregon. She has been blogging since 2006. She loves nature, photography, hiking, camping, and exploring Oregon's wilds.

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