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Forecasters expect prolonged heat wave next week


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POCATELLO — The National Weather Services says to expect a prolonged and excessive heat wave next week, nearing or breaking record temperatures.

Eastern Idaho has already seen record-breaking days in June, and the NWS only expects temperatures will be at or near 100 degrees for several cities over next week. Meteorologists say a high-pressure system building in the Pacific Northwest this weekend and throughout next week leaves the NWS with “high confidence” of temperatures flirting with or breaking record highs.

“With little overnight relief expected, impacts from heat could be compounded making the mid- to latter-part of next week more dangerous,” the NWS said in a news release. “Unfortunately, we have less confidence in when this heat wave might subside, but we’re certainly looking at well-above-average warmth lingering into the July 4th holiday.”

June record highs for eastern Idaho are 103 degrees in Pocatello, 102 degrees in Idaho Falls and 100 degrees in Challis. All-time record highs for the region are 104 degrees in Pocatello, 102 degrees in Idaho Falls and 102 degrees in Challis.

“Outdoor activities will be greatly impacted by daily excessive heat — there will be a high threat of heat-related complications if preventative measures are not taken,” the NWS says.

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