Wed. heat surpasses records in Portland area

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Wed. heat surpasses records in Portland area

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by KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:53 AM

PORTLAND -- Temperatures in Portland hit 95 degrees Wednesday afternoon, breaking the all-time record high for the date.

The record for downtown Portland was 94 degrees, set in 1922. That was broken Wednesday.  The record for the Portland International Airport was also 94, but it was set in 2009, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.

Hillsboro also broke its record when it reached 96 degrees. Salem tied a record of 96 that dates back to 1922. Medford was one degree shy of of the 103 degrees also set in 1922.

Portland has had nine days of 90-degree plus weather this summer. A third day would be the hottest streak of the year, according to KGW meteorologist. Read more at  Rod Hill's weather blog.

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The heat has slowed MAX trains by about 10 mph, to prevent damage to the overhead wire and rails. TriMet was warning riders to expect possible delays of up to 15 minutes.

Temperature were expected to drop a bit from Thursday through Saturday, but will stay in the upper 80s.

"By Sunday, temps will cool off quite a bit and we'll see a chance for showers and possibly a thunderstorm," Allard said.

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