Record-breaking heat poised to bake the West Coast

Temperatures will soar across the western United States early this week, surpassing even late-summer heat levels.

The recent period of dry weather in many Western cities will make it easier for heat to build in the region.

“A large area of high pressure will transport some of the warmest air since last summer across the West Coast early this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said. “Records will be challenged from Washington to California.”

“Seattle could have its first day above 80 F since last August early this week,” Rathbun said.

Farther south, hotter weather will challenge higher heat records.

“Portland, Oregon,…

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