Hottest summer ever in Portland


OREGONLIVE.COM: Number of exceptionally hot days far exceeds average.

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OREGONLIVE.COM: Number of exceptionally hot days far exceeds average.

Perhaps the biggest record to fall were the number of 90 degree or greater days, a whopping 29 days, 17 more than average.

Those prolonged hot spells helped set Oregon’s forests ablaze, and when the wind was right, brought smoke from those fires right to our doorstep.

The lure of rivers, lakes and swimming holes sent drowning deaths to 36 in the region between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the highest number in nearly a decade.

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