Hotels like it hot

A sweltering heat wave is compelling Willamette Valley residents to head west for cooler air.

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Temperatures are soaring over 100 degrees in the Willamette Valley, and heat refugees are bringing a much-needed boost to coastal communities that rely on tourism.

“When it gets really hot in the valley, business on the coast picks up,” said Rebecca Lutz, executive director of the Central Oregon Coast Visitors Association in Newport…

With temperatures topping out in the low 70s — more than 30 degrees below Wednesday’s high temperature of 105 in Eugene — coastal hotels, motels and campgrounds were enjoying a spike in business.

Read the full story in the Eugene Register Guard.

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