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Oregon governor declares state of emergency ahead of expected heat wave

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Oregon ahead of the expected heat wave starting Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat watches and warnings from noon Wednesday through Saturday evening for much Oregon. During that time, temperatures could exceed 100 degrees. In southwestern Oregon, some areas could get up to 112 degrees.

Overnight lows will not offer much relief until Saturday night, the weather service says.

The emergency declaration directs state agencies, like the Office of Emergency Management, to help local and tribal jurisdictions respond to the dangerously hot conditions.

The Oregon National Guard is also among the agencies whose personnel may be called in to help keep people safe.

At least 83 people died in late June due to Oregon’s record-shattering heat wave. Thirty-three more possible heat-related deaths are still under investigation.

* Cooling Centers (call 211)

* Preventing Heat-related Illnesses (OHA)

* Stay Cool and Hydrated (OHA)

* Extreme Heat (CDC)

* Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-related Illness (CDC)

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