HEAT WAVE FORECAST: Potentially historic heat to smother Malheur County

A young boy jumps off the high diving board after another person had done a cannonball into the Vale Swimming Pool on the hot June day of Thursday, June 24, 2021. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – The heat is on.

And it’s going to get hotter.

That’s the verdict from the National Weather Service. The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning that goes into effect Monday and goes through Friday, July 2.

While the climate the past few days has already been hot, temperatures will begin to climb Saturday. Friday's high temperature in Ontario was 98.

“Highs will warm another couple of degrees each day Sunday and Monday, reaching the low to mid 100s in the lower valleys . . .