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Heat wave hits coast
World Photo by Lou Sennick
Two people stand on the end of the crabbing dock in Empire on Monday evening as the sun sets on the last full day of summer. Today is the start of fall, but temperatures will continue to be warm over the next few days along the Southern Oregon Coast

It may be the first day of fall, but, with temperatures topping out above 100 degrees around the county, it certainly still feels like summer.

People were heading outdoors to bask in the warm weather. Phones were ringing off the hook at Sunset Bay State Park, near Charleston, with campers trying to book a spot. Park employees said the beach was packed.

“There were a lot of people out,” said Coco Sutton, a park assistant. “It was gorgeous out. There was no wind. The campground is completely full.”

Temperatures hovered about 30 degrees above the average for this time of year. The warm weather should linger throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service.

Thermometers in Coos Bay reached 102 degrees, while Bandon saw a high of 92. Seven Mile Creek just northwest of Coquille reported a high of 97 degrees, according to NOAA and NWS weather reports.

In North Bend, the high got up to 93 degrees, only five degrees below the record of 98 that was set in 1928.

Not everyone was necessarily enjoying the abnormally warm weather, though. North Bend High School football players, suited in heavy pads and helmets, were out practicing in the blistering sun.

“We had to make a few adjustments,” said Coach Rick Taylor, who is accustomed to holding practices in the hot conditions. “We made sure they had lots of water. You definitely get drained a little bit more quickly. It’s mentally draining, too.”

The heat wave isn’t over yet. Forecasters predict clear skies with highs in the mid to upper 70s along the beaches and mid 80s inland through Thursday. Temperatures will drop slightly over the weekend, but still stay in the upper 70s.

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