Extended heat wave moves in today

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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An extended heat wave starting today is expected bring a string of several consecutive 90-degree days to the region, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

In Vancouver, temperatures should peak in the lower 90s through this weekend, but cloud cover and possible thunderstorms will keep things slightly cooler than next week, according to the weather service. The heat really cranks up Monday and Tuesday, forecasters said.

Temperatures should reach the mid- to upper 90s in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, according to the weather service. Humid conditions will also make for some mild nights, keeping overnight lows well into the 60s.

At least one Clark County facility is offering respite from the heat next week. The Battle Ground Community Center is inviting residents to hang out in the air-conditioned space from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week. Other local facilities are likely to follow.

There’s no relief in sight just yet. High temperatures should remain at or above 90 every day at least through next Thursday — the end of the weather service’s seven-day forecast.