Heat wave wilts parts of Pacific Northwest

June 12, 2019
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Sam Molloch, of Portland, Ore., sprays friend Alyssa Morishita, also of Portland, with water from a fountain as they both took rides under the spray on rented electric scooters to cool off in Portland on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. People in western Washington state and Oregon are wilting under warmer than normal temperatures in the 90s this week. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People in western Washington and Oregon are wilting under warmer than normal temperatures this week with highs into the mid-90s in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon Tuesday through 9 p.m. Wednesday for the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro area, the Columbia River Gorge and other area cities and towns.

State fire officials are urging people to help prevent wildfires that can start easily in hot, windy weather.

Near-record highs in the upper 80s and 90s are expected Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Weather Service says daytime highs are also expected to be above normal for this time of year in much of the Puget Sound area.

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