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Hot, dry summer weather forecasted to continue locally

Meteorologists are warning that Washington and Oregon residents will continue to face above average temperatures and little or no rainfall in the coming weeks, which they say, will make it even more difficult to contain the major wildfires that have broken out recently.

Currently, there are nine large wildfires buring in Oregon and two more in Southeastern Washington, the majority of which were started by lightning strikes. Meteorologists say the region will begin experiencing significantly warmer weather, which, coupled with low relative humidity, will further dry out the foliage that fuel the wildfires.

"We don't forecast any beneficial precipitation for the region at least into next week, which is unfortunate news for firefighters as they struggle to control the blazes," David Houk, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com., said yesterday (Wednesday).

"The good news is that we don't expect any more fire-starting lightning strikes, and we aren't expecting any significant winds that could spread the fires," Houk added.

The day-time temperatures are expected to climb above 100 degrees in the next few days as a large upper level, high pressure system builds and strengthens over the region.

"The high temperatures should last for a few days," said Houk. "The heat will ease by a few degrees this weekend, but still remain above typical levels into next week."

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