Sunday, December 21, 2014

It may be cloudy and cool here this morning but the weather situation throughout the rest of the Northwest is very different.  The National Weather Service in Portland says hot weather will continue in Oregon through Wednesday.  Circling buzzards led neighbors to discover more than a dozen sheep with full-grown wool had dropped dead of the heat in a field in rural Marion County near Turner.  Seeking to escape the heat has lead to drownings.  Three drownings were reported Sunday in Portland-area waters.

The Multnomah County sheriff's dive team is searching the Sandy River for a pre-school-age child lost at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale. Police say the child and another young child were playing in the water when they went into deep water. Life guards pulled out one child but were unable to find the second.

The Yamhill County sheriff's office says searchers and divers are looking in the Willamette River near Dayton for 20-year-old Anthony Jimenez of McMinnville. He was lost while trying to swim across the river with friends.

The Clackamas County sheriff's office says 19-year-old Andrew Jason Moats of Salem fell off an inner tube and drowned in the Molalla River. His body was recovered by emergency responders.

Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the hottest days with highs in the interior of western Oregon in the 90s and highs on the east side of the Cascades over 100.

A heat advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday for northwest Oregon, including the Portland metro area.

The Weather Service office in Pendleton says a heat advisory is in effect in the eastern Columbia River Gorge through 10 p.m. Tuesday. Isolated thunderstorms are possible Monday in Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

Forecasters say an onshore flow expected Thursday and Friday should bring some relief from the hot spell by the end of the week.

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