An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING is in effect until 9:00 pm Friday for the Willamette Valley including Eugene. A HEAT ADVISORY is in effect until 11:00 pm Saturday for the rest of Western Oregon including the Umpqua Valley while excluding the southern Oregon coast. A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until 11:00 pm for the Cascades, Willamette Valley and the Umpqua Valley.
The Umpqua Valley will be smoky today. Local fires will keep skies white and the heat on the way will really make for an uncomfortable Friday. High temperatures will reach above 105 degrees. Even the weekend will be well into 100 degree range. 90s are expected for Sunday and Monday with temperatures returning to the upper 80s by Wednesday and Thursday.
Records will likely be broken in the Willamette Valley today. The record high in Eugene is 99 degrees set in 1974, today’s forecast high is 103. Heading into the weekend temperatures will remain hot. Saturday’s daytime highs will hover around 100 degrees. Winds will get gusty each afternoon with the hot temperatures. Temperatures will cool as we start next workweek. Tuesday and Wednesday should see temperatures return to the 80s.
The Coast will be the cool place to visit for those who can’t stand the heat. Temperatures will only be in the mid to upper 70s this evening. A few clouds will build in the afternoon but the region will stay dry. Each afternoon a strong wind will blow along the coast. Gusts will reach 30 mph at times. By next week high temperatures will sit in the upper 60s.
Updated Friday morning by meteorologist Travis Knudsen on July 31, 2015.