Vegetation damage

Extreme heat Sunday cause widespread damage to trees, shrubs and other plants unaccustomed to high temperatures. This rhododendron could lose many of its leaves.

PACIFIC COUNTY — Last weekend was supposed to be a hot one, but it turned out to be a scorcher. As a result, Pacific County likely reached its highest temperature on record when downtown Raymond reached an unofficial peak of 113° at 3:45 p.m. on June 27.

Tourists from around the state flocked to the Long Beach Peninsula, hoping to escape the heat, yet found that the heat followed them. Residents reported varying temperatures throughout the day, with an astonishing 107° reported in Long Beach. The semi-official Washington State University weather station on Cranberry Road topped out at 99°.

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