HEAT WAVE FORECAST: Here’s the latest forecast ahead of a hot weekend

Atlas St. Onge, 18 months, pulls a truck through the Willamette River below Wallace Marine Park while walking with his uncle, Jack Baumeister, and grandmother, Melanie Baumeister, on Thursday, July 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Sunday could be hotter than initially expected, with a chance of hitting 115 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

“That is just insane. That just obliterates all records here,” said Tyler Kranz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland.

He said reaching that temperature is “unlikely but certainly within the realm of possibilities.”

Salem has a 54% possibility of reaching 110 degrees or higher Sunday, a 42% chance of hitting 113 degrees and a 31% chance of hitting 115 degrees.

He said the weekend in the valley will be as hot as it is in southern Arizona.

Forecast bottom line: “Perhaps the most intense heat wave for our region since the late 19th century – or at least close to it – is beginning to take shape across the Pacific Northwest as anomalously strong high pressure builds aloft. The next couple of days will be record breakers as dangerously hot temperatures grip much of the region.”

The high in Salem on Friday was 94.

Here is the latest forecast as of Saturday morning:

Saturday, June 26

High: 105 degrees

Low: 69 degrees

Record high: 103 degrees (set in 2006)

Sunday, June 27

High: 110 degrees

Low: 71 degrees

Record high: 99 degrees (set in 2000)

Monday, June 28

High: 105 degrees

Low: 63 degrees

Record high: 101 degrees (set in 2008)

Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549 6250, [email protected]

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