PENDLETON — The word “unprecedented” isn’t thrown around lightly in meteorology, but the heat wave enveloping Eastern Oregon and the rest of the Northwest has no recorded historical precedent.

An extended surge in high temperatures has shattered records across the region, sometimes by as much as 5 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the Tuesday, June 29, temperatures in Pendleton — 117 degrees — and Hermiston — 118 degrees — are all-time modern highs for the two cities. The normal temperatures for this time of year is in the mid-80s.

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