Triple-digit temperatures will scorch the Pacific Northwest again.
Firefighters battled the Dixie Fire near Bucks Lake, Calif., this week.Jungho Kim for The New York Times The Pacific Northwest is about to be twice baked.
A month after a record-shattering heat wave, forecasters predict that temperatures on Friday and Saturday will again approach or exceed 100 degrees in cities including Portland, Ore., and Spokane, Wash. — places that rarely experience triple-digit heat.
It won’t be as hot as it got a month ago, when Spokane hit 109 degrees , its warmest mark ever, and other cities across the region also topped out their thermometers at record levels. But it could be enough to cause more misery and health concerns in a region where air conditioning isn’t standard issue, and where residents aren’t used to sweating for multiple days in scorching heat, which killed hundreds across the region in late June.
The returning heat will also increase the difficulty of fighting the nation’s largest wildfires, including the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, which has been burning since July 6 and has consumed more than 413,000 acres, according to a New York Times wildfire tracker , and the Dixie Fire in Northern California, which has burned 220,000 acres.
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