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Searing heat breaks record; no relief today

Scorching temperatures broke records in the Puget Sound area this weekend and the heat wave isn't over.

The National Weather Service upgraded its heat advisory to a warning early Sunday, urging people to be cautious because dangerously high temperatures pose risks of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

The warning remains in effect until 10 tonight.

“We are breaking more records,” said meteorologist Danny Mercer.

On Sunday at 4:54 p.m., the mercury rose to a high of 97 degrees at the Olympia Airport, breaking the Aug. 15 record of 94 degrees set in 1967, according to the National Weather Service.

It was 95 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also a record high for the date. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord it was also 95.

Today’s forecast calls for a high of 96 in Olympia. The overnight low is expected to be 56 degrees.

On Tuesday temperatures are expected to drop to 82 degrees.

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