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HEAT WAVE: Temperatures will begin to ramp up this weekend, approaching records

Vale residents beat the heat with their water aerobics class on Wednesday. (The Enterprise/Austin Johnson).

The National Weather Service is anticipating record-breaking heat next week for Malheur County, issuing an Excessive Heat Warning that begins Sunday morning and goes through Thursday night. 

Friday’s temperature is predicted to remain relatively the same as in recent days, with a high of 96 degrees, before ramping up on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is forecast to reach 99 degrees before hitting 102 degrees on Sunday, which would approach a record 105 degrees of that date in 1973. 

Temperatures are forecast next week to hit as high as 110. Ontario hit 100 on Thursday.

Fortunately, temperatures will continue to drop at night with lows approaching 70 degrees throughout the weekend.

In preparation for . . .