West Linn emerges relatively unscathed from heat wave that saw temperatures as high as 105 F

TIDINGS PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - The heat wave helped fill the waterways around West Linn last week, making an already popular pastime even more so. Where's an eclipse when you need one?

Temperatures soared well above 100 F in the Portland metro area last week, with a recorded high of 105 F measured by the National Weather Service Aug. 3.

The sizzling weather led to a number of events being either cancelled or rescheduled around the region, including in West Linn, which canceled the popular Music in the Park event and an information session regarding an upcoming paving project on Kenthorpe Way. Music in the Park was rescheduled for Aug. 31, while the paving meeting will now be held Aug. 23. A Border Collie International performing K-9 team performance Aug. 8, meanwhile, was moved indoors to the library's community room.

TIDINGS PHOTO: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - While a handful of outdoor activities were canceled during the 100-degree weather, most days were business as usual.

Temperatures hovered in the 90s through most of the week, with Aug. 2 and 3 standing out at highs of 103 and 105 F respectively. To beat the heat, West Linn residents could be found in droves at the Willamette River and the city's array of spray parks.

Unlike surrounding cities such as Wilsonville, power outages did not prove to be a widespread problem during the heat wave in West Linn. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokesperson Brandon Pratt said it was a rather quiet week for the department in West Linn.

"There was nothing specifically heat-related other than a few medical calls here and there," Pratt said. "Most of the activity has been in the Beaverton area as far as fires. … West Linn has kind of gone unscathed so far — hopefully it stays that way."

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