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Another hot day scorches Northwest, affecting transit, games

Posted August 3

— People in the Pacific Northwest were enduring another scorching day Thursday as temperatures pushed toward triple digits. The heat affected everything from transit to sporting events.

ANOTHER SIZZLER

Temperatures once again flirted with records as residents of the region endure one of its most prolonged heatwaves in years.

The expected high Thursday of 106 degrees (41.1 Celsius) in Portland, Oregon, would be a degree short of the city's record — last matched on Aug. 10, 1981.

Records for the warmest Aug. 2 fell throughout the region Wednesday, including in Medford, Oregon, where it was a blistering 112 degrees (44.4 Celsius).

In Seattle, the high Thursday was forecast to be 91 degrees (32.8 Celsius).

The National Weather Service tweeted: "Take home message for everyone else: it could be worse."

SMOKE TAMPS DOWN HEAT

Smoke from dozens of fires burning in British Columbia has snaked into Washington and Oregon, causing authorities to issue burn bans and causing breathing problems for people with asthma.

However, the National Weather Service also said the hazy conditions have eased the oppressive heat in the region by partially blocking the sun.

The smoke is expected to lessen this weekend but the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is prohibiting all outdoor burning in the greater Seattle area - including charcoal barbecues.

MORNING SOCCER

The hot weather led Major League Soccer to change the start time of Sunday's match between the Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Initially scheduled for the afternoon, the match will now start at 11 a.m.

It's the same story for the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. The match originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon will now start at 11 a.m. The teams play on an artificial surface that heats up in the sun.

SLOW RIDE, TAKE IT EASY

Portland-area commuters braced for another day of slow trains and lengthy delays.

Since metal expands in the heat, the TriMet mass transit agency is requiring light-rail to travel no faster than 35 mph (56.32 kph).

In addition, overhead copper wires sag in oppressive heat and rails develop kinks that can lead to derailment.

Riders faced delays of at least 30 minutes.

Along with heat-related issues, a computer malfunction tossed the agency's dispatch and payment-processing systems into disarray. TriMet says it will not collect fares until Friday at the earliest.

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