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Extreme heat sends people to the coast to cool off

(Photo courtesy Debbie Tegtmeier)

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits in the valleys, prompting many people to head for the coast to cool off.

Some are taking refuge in Coos County from at Sunset Bay.

85 degrees may seem high to those on the coast, but for those inland where temperatures are expected to hit triple digits, it’s a relief.

"Being here when it's 75, 80 on the coast is such a relief versus being in Springfield where it's over 100 degrees and I have no air conditioning,” said Amy Loper of Springfield. “It feels wonderful because I have all of this cool air.”

"We got a week at the campground so we reserved it months ago and it just happens to be record heat so we got lucky.” Said Jamal Sankari of Eugene. “We're gonna swim and hang out and stay cool."

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the next few days.

If you're headed to the coast, keep in mind you won't be alone; drive carefully and add extra time to your travel.

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